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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:48 pm    Post subject:  Engine removal tips Reply with quote

I attempted to pull the engine out of my SS in January. I only had a weekend to do it and ran out of time. I have a 5 day vacation next week and a garage with all the tools I need. Now I just need some tips. I want to pull the engine itself without the transmission. In January I got it probably 90% done or so but got stuck on the transmission to block bracket. I had all the fluids drained, all grounds and wire harnesses disconnected etc...but could not for the life of me figure out how to get a wrench on 2 of the 4 trans-block bracket bolts.

I am pulling it to replace some gaskets and check for any broken parts. Any info is appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What exactly are you replacing that warrants pulling the engine from the car?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Its a mix between gaskets (oil pan and rear valve cover) and "why not." I recently hit 100k and just want to take it out, look it over, fix what I need to and clean it up. And my girlfriend got me some awesome gifts for christmas I have yet to use - engine lift and engine stand Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

that is a HUGE undertaking for "why not" lol. I don't think I would consider it. Good luck tho

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:47 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What I got done in January was so much easier and quicker than my last car I took the engine out of (in my sig). That one was AWD, TT, dual overhead cam. Tons of things to disconnect...all with very little room in the engine bay. Besides the brackets and bitch bolts on these cars they are not too bad at all.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:09 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Neither oil pan nor valve cover gaskets require engine removal.

Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Neither oil pan nor valve cover gaskets require engine removal.

Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.


Oil Pan Gasket is nice to drop the cradle to do though.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yeah I know dropping the cradle is another option. Not trying to be an ass but why does this happen every time i open a thread about this on all the 3800 forums? All I need are tips not "why would you do that." that is exactly why I put the reason behind it in the first post. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know a few things about cars and I'm sure I can't be the only person looking for a few decent tips on the project. If you can't help out with this thread then just please skip it.

As I said I have all the tools I need I don't care how much of a pita it could be its coming out of the car and getting done right. I'm not one to cut corners.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm sorry you get upset with the questions, but there are very few reasons to pull an engine on these cars. Sometimes people are just curious as to why the most difficult route is being taken (myself included).

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You have to disconnect the whole wiring harness, then disconnect all of the mounts, drain all of the fluids, then disconnect the transmission, then pull the engine out.

It's a lot of work for 5 days.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:19 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Me and my dad got the motor pulled in my car in about 3-4 hours. It's really not that hard if you know what you're doing. All y'all are way over thinking it. The biggest pita I think was the rear knock sensor wire which we forgot to plug in after the motor was back in and that was our fault. I can't remember exactly how we went across pulling it out but I do know taking the hood off made life a LOT easier.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

First time's the hardest. Second time takes like half as long..

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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First time's the hardest. Second time takes like half as long..


I've found this to be the case as well..also applying to other jobs.

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outonthetiles wrote:
First time's the hardest. Second time takes like half as long..


I've found this to be the case as well..also applying to other jobs.


Really, what kind of other "jobs" do you do? Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:41 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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First time's the hardest. Second time takes like half as long..


I've found this to be the case as well..also applying to other jobs.


Really, what kind of other "jobs" do you do? Laughing


lol, I meant other car jobs...such as LIM gaskets, headers, really anything. After the first time, it gets easier

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