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Getting access to the big ends

How do you remove the part between the engine block and the sump on a 2000 Mazda MPV. To get access to the con rod ends.

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  • wadham_samue May 11, 2010

    Thanks for the quick reply Steve but it doesn't actually answer my problem. On this 2000 MPV petrol engine with manual box there is no problem removing the sump but between the sump and the block is a cast part, denying access to the 'ends'.. This is proving impossible to remove despite being certain all the bolts are out! I'm asking myself if there could be dowells both into the bottom of the engine block and also into the lower part of the gearbox. This would necessitate unbolting and moving the box back a little - not something I'm in a hurry to do. There is certainly no problem with crossmembers etc. just the exhaust which was easy enough to remove.
    Thanks, Rod


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Hi,
This link will give you FREE or PAID - select FREE - it will download a 96 Engine but the engine is the same as you have in the basics. You must have a PDF reader it is free to download and use and most everyone has it but if not please download it HERE
There is an additional helpful thing for you - - please take down the vin number - and go to the dealer - the dealer for FREE will print out your specific engine rebuild needs specific for your engine based on your unique Vin number. This is more and more common due to changes mid year where as in the early days engines remained the same for years longer and now they change mid-year often. Also CHECK for RECALLS on your Vehicle.

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  • wadham_samue May 15, 2010

    Thanks for the tip. I actually discovered why I couldn't remove the part. You have to turn the flywheel until 2 cutouts line up with 2 more bolts which become accessible through the 2 holes on the gearbox end of the plate. You can't see the bolts until you line up the flywheel ! This was the information I was hoping someone would come up with. We only found out after easing the gearbox off a little - a lot of extra work !

    Thanks for your reply anyway and the link. Rod.


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Hi there is another way to do this without having to remove the front cross member and still gain access to the big end's ( con rod end's) if you have the vehicle up in the air ( jacked up ) you can remove the side engine mounts,make sure the engine is supported first, then jack the engine up from the front or side depending on how much access you require and how much room you have to move under the vehicle, this way is far quicker and allot easier than removing the front cross member, also be sure to support the transmission in the process as this has a tendency to fall down, you should have enough clearance between the front cross member and the bottom of the sump pan to remove the pan itself and be able to get to the big end's ( con rod end's )...hope this helps good luck

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