Re: [DML] I joined the engine pulling club
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Re: [DML] I joined the engine pulling club

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Ryan Wright <ryanpwright@xxxx> 

> Out of curiosity, does the engine come out the top or the bottom? With 
> transmission still attached it had to have come out the bottom, but if that
> were removed beforehand, can the engine be pulled out the top?
> What did you use to lift the back of the car high enough to get the engine
> out from underneath it?

After having pulled the engine and trans in my own D.  I can answer this 
with confidence. The engine and trans comes out the top. There is no way 
to get it out the bottom.  Some helpful hints about making this process a bit 
smoother are: 

1) Remove the rear fascia and the panel behind it. That opens up the 
whole back of the car and gives you lots of room to get the engine out. 
Getting the fascia off actually isn't that much of a chore. I recommend 
pulling it to do any in depth engine work. (Here's a pic of mine without the 
rear fascia. 2nd picture down )

2) Unbolt the motor mounts from the frame instead of seperating the two 
halfs of it.. This might be a pain to do. I don't remember, as it's been 
awhile since I pulled mine, but if you can manage it it'll keep you from 
having to lift the engine as high. I think it also makes putting it back in a bit 
easier as well. 

3) Pull the engine and trans as one piece then seperate them after they're 
out, if you need to. Some of the flywheel covers are a real pain to get to 
while the engine's in, and even after you get all the covers off so the 
engine and trans will seperate you'll be playing with it for hours trying to 
get it apart reguardless. (I know.. I seperated them and pulled the engine 
by itself.. it was a royal pain and in the end I was wishing i'd just listened 
to what others told me and pulled the thing as one piece.)

VIN# 3209

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