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04-29-2009, 08:42 PM
hey guys had to tear down my engine due to what I believe is a blown head gasket, basically i got it down to the heads and decided to remove the whole engine and leave the tranny bolted to it. Is there any how to's on removing an engine? I have never done so, but have my own garage now, so I can work at my own pace. I have an engine hoist and engine stand to use. I know i need to undo the motor mounts, and unbolt my headers. Also remove the tranny crossmember. what else neesds to be done? any help would be appreciated. I also took the hood off and removed the shifter. Plan to check bottom half of engine as I not sure if blown head gasket is the problem for sure. power wash engine and paint the block. take to a shop have them examine. new gaskets all around.
04-29-2009, 09:44 PM
My suggestion is to tag everything you dont know about. Things like mass air harness's, 02 harness's and injector harness's. The worse thing you could do is hack a car up by putting it back together half a$$ed. Not saying you will, im just saying. I have pulled a number of mustangs to my garage, and when i would get down and dirty and start pulling things apart, i would be stumped on how people could even hook up something so F"d up.
What i used to do a long time ago was took a marker to everything i unhooked. Or tagged it. That way when i put everything back together, i had an excel sheet/pencil and paper with a mini description of what went where. Until i learned it, thats what i did. Been a long time but it will help.
Also, its best to have a camera and be familiar with photobucket or whatever. That way if you get stumped on something you dont understand.. take a pic of it and post it that way people can tell you. Its much better than the guessing game P
04-29-2009, 09:58 PM
i started off on the wrong foot, i tore just to tear, didnt break anythign just didnt label. i know i will regret later. i have never worked on an engine be4 and it was finally time. I have another vehicle to drive so time is not really a problem. I just want to make sure its done right. I was going to pull engine and tranny but after reading several forums i dont think I will be able to since my jack stands do not go up that high. I want to make sure when I'm done I wont have to do anythign with the engine 4 a long time.
04-29-2009, 10:11 PM
Buy a haynes manual from your local parts store. Course they are very vague in that manual if you ask me, but its a good step in the right direction. At least it has its fair share of pictures.
Just wish their schematics didnt require you to use a magnifying glass! LOL
04-29-2009, 10:37 PM
i have a haynes manual but does not mention much about engine removal
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