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Engine cradle What is the thing called that holds the engine in place?

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    the engine cradle in my car is rusted out. how long does this job take

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It is called the Sub Frame.

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WHAT IS THE KM. LIMIT FOR SUB FRAME RECALL


I was the one posting all over the internet about the letter Chrysler sent me but it doesn't do any good. If the car was from the rust prone states and was built in a few months during a certain year they will replace it. I got mine replaced under the care warranty I bought when I got the car but after a month they sent me a letter that they were covered for 150,000 miles and returned my co pay. Then my other Pacifica cradle went out and I called and told them I would sue them if they didn't replace it and I would have. It cost me 250 dollars on the second Pacifica. There is no recall at the time because no one has died yet from the engine and transmission dropping to the ground and losing the steering and brakes ( the brake lines go across the cradle) The dealership that replaced the cradle forgot the large washers that hold the rubber bushings that hold up the cradle and as I was driving I lost all steering as the rubber bushing ripped out of the engine cradle in the back the cradle was an inch off the ground. The dealer said it was their best man and he would never forget the washers. It was towed back to the dealer and all new parts were put on for free but I bet Chrysler didn't know anything about it. If I had been on the expressway like I was earlier in the day I could have been killed

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How to replace engine cradle on 2001 alero


1st thing you need to do is have the engine secured with an engine brace bar across top of engine with chains, next lift car in air high enough to get under it, next disconnect exhaust from down pipe, remove bolts from engine mounting brackets should be at least 2 one in front and one in rear,next disconnect power steering rack bolts out, they will be in the rear of the engine, next take the remaining cradle bolts out should be 19 or 21mm bolts, or somewhere in that size range, there should be 4 ouf them on each corner of the cradle. cradle is now out. hope this helps

Jun 11, 2014 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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How do I replace pipes in back of engine for heater


Hello: One way is to remove the cover on the front bottom of the engine/cradle assembly. Then put a jack under the center of the cradle at the front of the engine. Remove the two front cradle bolts (18mm) and lower the cradle/engine assembly down, this will give more room to access the clamps that hold the pipes on. It is not an easy task.

Nov 08, 2010 | 1999 Cadillac DeVille

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Frame that holds the engine etc... is rusted at both ends, does it need to be replaced?


This is something a trained mechanic needs to see. There were also potential problems with some mounting washers on certain models.

The part you are referring to is the "engine cradle" Most Salvage yards cut this part off the Van to drop the engine and trans. If you can find a Van with this part intact, from a vehicle that has not seen any Salt. it can be good.

IF welding can be done to your present "engine cradle" it would be less work. Look and see if your part also supports the Wheels and Suspension. I think it does, and all of those parts would need to be disconnected in a swap and realigned.

If you can get your part welded, its in a place that does not show and if properly done will maintain your Chassis alignment. Old school mechanics say you can not Weld a frame. Your "cradle" is different from a Full frame. There are also different Welding machines now than 50 years ago. Good Luck on your repair.

Jun 21, 2010 | 2000 Ford Windstar

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How to replace the cradle on a 2006 monte carlo


you will need an engine support that mounts up top and holds engine up. and just remove bolts to cradle mounts and control arms,steering rack so forth.

Feb 11, 2010 | 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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How do you remove transmition?? Do you have to compleatly remove the subframe??


yes and in order to remove subframe you need a engine cradle bar to that attaches to the engine under the hood and rests on shock towers and front of radiator holds the engine in place for subframe and trans removal. this is a very laboress job. good luck

Feb 10, 2010 | 2004 Ford Freestar

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Front sway bar on a 2000 monte carlo


Be very carefull because there are lines and wires that can be broken if the engine is lowered too far. Disconect the battery. Set the parking brake and chock the rear tire.
Put the car on jack stands and take off one of the tires. Put the jack under the rear of the engine cradle. You have to loosen the steering column set screw at the steering rack and loosen the two front bolts that hold the engine cradle to the chassis. Take the two rear cradle bolts almost all the way off and lower the cradle until you can wiggle the sway bar out. The steering will disconnect.
Reverse the procedure to put everything back where it belongs. The steering shaft is a "D" shape so it only goes on the rack one way. Tighten the set screw and torque the engine cradle to the required specification. 133 ft. lb.
IMPORTANT -- Take the car to an alignment shop and have at least the front aligned. The front suspension is attached to the cradle and can be moved out of alignment.
Complete instructions are found in Haynes Manual p/n 24048, chapter 10.

Nov 06, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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What is a engine cradle


The engine cradle holds or "cradles" the motor in place. It acts as the sub frame of the car. Hyundai has a big problem with the cradles rusting through in places making the car unsafe to drive.

Oct 12, 2009 | 2001 Hyundai Sonata

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Does the motor have to come out for me too pull the transmission


Hi I'm litoshop if your going to pull out the transmission you don't have to pull it out with the engine using a cross rack over the towers of the shock you hang the engine so you can take out the tranny with out bring the engine out, some mega auto parts lend out these special tool if you want to do it yourself you can try pep boy or western auto good luck on your new project if this information has been helpful please let use know thank you

Jul 29, 2009 | 1997 Saturn SL

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When I drive over bumps I feel something hitting under my feet


I have Chrysler's 8year 80000 mile max care warranty and Chrysler just spent about 4,000 dollars replacing my engine cradle. HAVE ALL PACIFICA'S CHECKED FOR RUST ON ENGINE CRADLE IF IT IS RUSTING CALL NHTSA THEY WILL TAKE A COMPLAINT OVER THE PHONE. YOU NEED A RECALL ON THIS ALSO CALL THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

Apr 01, 2009 | 2004 Chrysler Pacifica

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