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Need to change 3.8 engine

Does that engine come out the top or do you have to drop it out the bottom?
Any suggestions to make the job easier...or at least possible will be appreaciated,

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  • jimv3113 Mar 10, 2009

    Sooo taking it out the bottom....does that mean with or without the struts and other suspension?



  • jimv3113 Mar 17, 2009

    Well the engine is swaped, Runs nice and quiet. But the trans has a problem now. The overdrive light in the dash flashes and the van doesnt shift like it should.





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Jim,I have taken out a dozen or more of these and the best way is to drop it out from the bottom.You need to lower the eng. and trans. out with the frt. cross member ,then pull the eng. and trans. off the cross member and seperate the two.If you need more info on the process,let me know .John.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

  • John Ball Mar 10, 2009

    Hey Jim.You may have to just loosen the nuts where it mounts to the strut tower to get a little give.Take the lower ball joint bolt out and seperate the control arm from the knuckle.Once you remove the axle nut,pull out on the knuckle to get the axle out then you can remove the axle from the tranny.Other things you will have to do is remove the swaybar end links from struts and the steering intermediate shaft bolt where the shaft mounts to the steering rack.The swaybar and steering rack will come down on the cross member.Let me know if you have any other questions.John.



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