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Old 11-01-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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Dizzy 2003 Ion 2.2 ecotec removal

I have a 2003 saturn ion with a 2.2 and a manual transmission. The engine is shot and I want to replace it. I read a haynes repair manual and it says that the engine and transmission have to be pulled out together. It also says that they have to be pulled out under the car not through the top. I was wondering if there is any way to pull the engine out through top by itself or do I have to pull it out the bottom. How difficult is it to swap it out and is there any thing special I need to know before attempting this.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2003 Ion 2.2 ecotec removal

I'm sure it'll come out the top with alot more work.

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Old 11-03-2009, 09:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2003 Ion 2.2 ecotec removal

What do you mean by a lot more work? Do you know how long the shaft is from the transmission to the engine?

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Old 11-03-2009, 10:25 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2003 Ion 2.2 ecotec removal

It's designed to come out the bottom. So I can see alot more work to take it out from the top. Thats what I mean by alot more work, you know more items to remove or move out of the way.

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Old 11-09-2009, 04:45 AM   #5
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When exactly is the time to replace the tranny fluid in a '05 Ion manual??
I've got 53'000 right now.

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Old 11-09-2009, 10:23 AM   #6
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When exactly is the time to replace the tranny fluid in a '05 Ion manual??
I've got 53'000 right now.
some people (like myself) never change it. It couldn't hurt though. I'd probably do it at 100k miles if I were to do it.

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Old 11-10-2009, 02:35 PM   #7
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engine will come out of the top

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Old 11-24-2009, 01:22 PM   #8
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I have a 2003 saturn ion with a 2.2 and a manual transmission. The engine is shot and I want to replace it. I read a haynes repair manual and it says that the engine and transmission have to be pulled out together. It also says that they have to be pulled out under the car not through the top. I was wondering if there is any way to pull the engine out through top by itself or do I have to pull it out the bottom. How difficult is it to swap it out and is there any thing special I need to know before attempting this.
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The Engine is designed to come out the bottom and it really is not that difficult. I found a video, but I can't remember where. I think it was youtube or by a member of the forums.
so you need to be able to get the car up high enough and when you are disconnecting cables, hoses etc, be sure to mark everything.

one way is to get the car up high enough and start disconnecting everything except the mounting bolts for the cradle.
have some kind of cart that will take the weight. Lower the car until the cradle is on the cart. finish disconnecting and raise the car. SLOWLY! Watch for any interference or missed cables etc. Does not really take too long.

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engine will come out of the top
Have an 03 Saturn Ion, engine hooked to cherry picker, Converter bolts off, but can't seem to push converter back into trans housing to separate from engine. Removed crank pulley and bolt for additional clearance. Haven't removed trans mounts yet. Would unhooking trans mounts & sliding trans toward outside of car provide enough clearance to separate engine from trans? My helper and I were stumped last night because it appears the converter is still "hooked" to flywheel, even though all 3 bolts are off. If we turn the converter, the flywheel turns right with it. Perhaps it is binding on the shaft or pump assembly?

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