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Old 08-02-2004, 09:08 PM   #1
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bought a 1992 sc with a twin cam motor, the motor is shot, so im going to get another twin cam motor to replace it, my question is, how difficult is it to swap motors out in these cars? it is a manual trans also..i am into old mopar muscle cars and have built and swapped engines in them, but these are old rear wheel drive v-8 cars, ive never messed with a front wheel drive car, so i dont know what im getting into here, is it easy or?
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Suprizingly easy for a front wheel drive. Consult the "How To" section for directions! You need to pull the engine and transaxle TOGETHER with a manual equiped car. And YES, it all does come out the top.
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if you can do old mopars this will be cake.
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Good lord!!! ok, i read wolfmans procedure to remove the engine/manual transaxle out of the top, it does not sound easy at all, definately doesnt look as easy as an old muscle car..oh boy, i dont know if im going to be able to pull this off...
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It is more complicated than the older rear wheel drive cars. It is still basicly remove everything from the engine that you need to be able to lift the engine up and out. Comes down to common sense.
Power steering and AC stay in the car. Rad out so you don't put holes in it lifting the engine. Disconnect all the wiring, hoses, mounts, exhaust, axles from tranny etc. Lift out.

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the thing that bothers me is the steering component removals, like the ball joints, tie rods, struts and axles, that is what has got me worried..
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3 jaw puller and a hammer will get all those poppin off like janet jackson's buttons during the superbowl.
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i think saturn has a special ball joint sperarator (SA9132S) don't use a pickle bar, it will damage the boot.
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You need to pull the engine and transaxle TOGETHER with a manual equiped car. And YES, it all does come out the top.
Nah, you can leave the trans in the car. It will fight you a bit but you can get it in and out A LOT faster that way. Just take off the water pump and crank pulley and don't be skeered
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what about lining up the clutch and pressure plate and all that mess when installing the engine back into the car if i DONT pull the trans with the motor?
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Gets to be a pain in the AZZ. It certainly can be done though. Kind of comes down to what you feel comfortable with. That and your tools and equipment that you have. Either way most of what you need to do to get the trans out with the engine is as good as done even if you leave the trans in the car.
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linning up the clutch is simple, there are cltuch aligment tools that you can get. To get the tranny aligned correctly, you will need two people, one to hold it up and alighn it, the other to push it into place. Not that hard, i have done it many times.
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