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Old 02-12-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Default Engine Swap tips or tricks 2.5

Ok, so i'm about to start my 2.5 swap to replace my busted 2.5 in my99LOBwagon. I was just wondering if there are any quick tips or tricks to help me out. seems pretty straight forward as all the plugs match up. so is just the motor mounts and the bellhousing bolts and the old motor should come right out, correct? any special sized sockets or tools that i might need? any insight would be awesome. the last swap i did was on a VW gti and that was a little different.
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:02 PM   #2
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10, 12, 14mm sockets(short and deep), extensions, combination wrenches in those sizes, a phillips and regular screwdriver and pliers. Then you need a hoist, possibly (probably) a prybar and small hammer. It's nice to have an ample supply of PB blaster and time.

No special tools required.

Jay Storm

Edit...forgot about a 17mm for the bottom starter bolt.

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Old 02-13-2006, 05:57 PM   #3
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What he said plus the 3 B's.

Beer, band-aids and a buddy!
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:24 PM   #4
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WD-40 is very useful as well when it comes to the sticky electrical connectors. I wouldn't spray PB blaster on those. And some needle nose pliers and small screwdrivers are good for the electrical clips and hose clamps.

First off, unplug the fuel pump and run the car until it dies. This gets the fuel out of the way. And then I pull the battery and wiper fluid tank. You can leave the tank full, just block the pump off as you pull it out and set it on it's side...

For efficiency, I pull the radiator hose right off the water pump and don't use the factory radiator drain. While it drains, I remove the intake, MAF and all the goodies on the passenger side. Then I stick a sock in the radiator, and pull the radiator. Don't bother draining the oil if the engine isn't being reused.

Then back to the other side, starter, and the other engine to tranny bolts. Lastly, I slip under the car, drop the headers, O2 sensor and disconnect the engine mounts...

That's it in a nutshell...
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