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remove FWD engine through the top

Discussion in 'Engine and Drivetrain' started by Mafix, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    remove the hood(4 bolts)
    remove the battery
    remove intake tubing, AFM, and airbox/filter
    remove the body ground bolts on battery ground cable
    remove the strut brace (2 bolts, 4 nuts)
    drain the coolant
    remove the radiator, hoses, and fan assembly(4 bolts)
    drain the oil (leave the filter on)
    reinstall the oil drain plug
    drain the transmission
    remove the front pipe of the exhaust(5-7 bolts)
    remove the front wheels (8-10 nuts)
    remove the lower ball joints (6 bolts)
    remove the axle nuts (2 nuts)
    remove the axles (and carrier on GTS)
    remove the lower suspension brace
    remove the bolts that hold the mounts to the motor(2 bolts)
    remove the engine subframe (4 bolts)
    remove the shift linkage (2 clips)
    remove the engine wiring harness from the ecu
    remove the 2 bolts holding the harness to the firewall(near wiper motor)
    gently pull the harness through the firewall
    bungie harness to engine
    remove high pressure hose on power steering (fitting near wiper motor)
    remove low pressure power steering line at fluid res
    bungie both to motor
    remove speedo cable from trans
    remove fuel lines
    unbolt AC compressor if you have one (but who does?)
    connect engine hoist to motor using the alternator bracket and hook near dizzy
    lift engine a little, to relieve stress from hanging motor mount and trans mount
    remove center bolts on both
    remove trans mount from trans
    unplug body harness from engine harness
    check harness and make sure all of the engine harness is on the engine (there may be a couple connections that will need to be undone)
    slowly remove engine, you will have to lift it on a tilt with the motor higher than the trans and twist a little towards the rear around the brake master cylinder

    BTW this is all from memory! lol.
  2. underscore

    underscore Well-Known Member

    well I have A/C and wanna keep it. Now since I don't totally know where it is, I'm assuming I'm unbolting it to leave it on the car? Or do I remove it from the engine after? Also assuming that I don't get a new wiring harness I just move everything to the new engine before I put it in?
  3. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    the AC has to remain in the car unless you can evac the system or pay a shop to do that for you. venting r12 into the atmosphere is a very bad thing. the harness will be removed after the motor is out.
  4. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    Some things to note about removing the engine...

    You can get away with taking out the engine without removing the crossmembers on the bottom, but you'll have a tough time getting the rear motor mount, which is under the intake manifold out.

    Also, the gt-s axles are a B*TCH to remove, and you'll probably end up breaking them....

    That is all!
  5. underscore

    underscore Well-Known Member

    my drivers side axle was fine, passenger side we ended up disconnecting the axle from the center axle (where the CV boot covers it). the crossmembers we left in, the rear motor mount is a bit of a pain in the ass but not too bad. we also removed the charcoal canister and the bracket for the drivers side tranny mount to get it out more easily. the exhaust we disconnected right after the manifold (3 bolts) cause the rest was welded into one piece til the muffler.
  6. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    Cutter's save a lot of time.....got one out in 30 mins by myself cutting the axles and just unbolting everything....
  7. CrazyAchmed

    CrazyAchmed Well-Known Member Donated!

    We did that already and followed all the steps. Didn't cut a thing except two radiator hoses.

    Then we did it again and skipped alot of steps in 45 min. no major cutting either time.
  8. Letze

    Letze Well-Known Member

    How much harder/easier is this from dropping it out the bottom?
  9. JoeJack88

    JoeJack88 Well-Known Member Super Moderator Donated!

    depends if you have access to a lift or not...
    I like the bottom method thou..
    undo the wires,hoses,etc
    unbolt cross members,etc other stuff down there, exh. manifold,etc
    support engine with lift, and unbolt mounts ..lower engine
    raise car
    and bam!! a engine on the ground.

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