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South 06-26-2013 04:55 PM

e36 engine removal
SO far I just have to disconnect the rusty exhaust (pita) and 1 wire attached to tranny/gearbox.

my question is, should I remove the engine with the transmission attached or unattach the engine from the tranny and then take it out. I am only replacing the engine.

Also, where does one hook up the engine hoist to?

DET1990 06-26-2013 05:09 PM

there is an eyelet on the front of the engine for the hook just over the vanos solenoid and i think there is one at the back

Steve30 06-26-2013 06:28 PM

Personally I think its easier to just pull both together. One hook goes at the front in that hole and there's one on the drivers side where the engine and tranny mate.

Hurricane240 06-28-2013 09:21 AM

Out the front, tranny attached.

South 07-09-2013 08:22 PM

the nuts holding the exhaust headers on to the exhuast are completely rusted and 2 are totally the hell do I drop the exhaust to get to the tranny mounts to disconnect?

dcramer 07-09-2013 09:37 PM

cut them

South 07-10-2013 11:22 PM

nuts are off...pb blaster is amazing with nut crackers.

heres the thing. I was looking underneath the car and noticed that I don't need to drop the exhaust to get behind the heat shield for the right side tranny mounts.

can I just unbolt the tran mounts and the guibo and pull the tran out? how do I disconnect the gear linkage? something about clips? I can't see, and barely feel it.

dcramer 07-11-2013 06:08 AM

First drop the trans as far as you can. Take the fan off the engine so it doesn't go through the rad as the engine will tilt with the transmission.
Then it is a matter of feel. The tough one is the clip on top of the transmission. Either way you need to get this out. Even if you take the trans out with the engine.

Your problems are just beginning though. Getting the top two bolts of the transmission housing will be your biggest problem, and I think you still need to drop the exhaust to get the tranny out.

South 08-02-2013 08:12 PM

with exams going on and such haven't done much....but the exhaust is off, tran mount off....only thing left to remove is the god dam guibo and linkage.

I just spent the last 2 hours trying to get off the bolts holding the guibo onto the driveshaft and no luck. pb blaster and torch have failed epically, and i meant the guibo catching on fire. tried using car jack handle for more leverage and even that failed. nut breaker doesn't work here as the angle and space is terrible...i've read that some have actually had to saw through the guibo...and i think I am at that point. any recommended tools?

to anyone changing their guibo, put some grease on the bolts so this doesn't happen

richie_s999 08-02-2013 09:21 PM

Greasing the driveline quibo bots would allow them to vibrate apart, they have to tight, get a breaker bar, or a metal tube for leverage, you shouldn't have to heat them.

rider-. 08-02-2013 11:10 PM works every time
quick and easy

South 08-02-2013 11:33 PM


Originally Posted by rider-. (Post 1619673)


South 08-07-2013 05:27 PM

just an update

removed the guibo bolts with an impact wrench....took about 10 minutes each bolt....your hands will vibrate a lot and it will hurt your bones.

linkage removal was easy with the pelican guide

removed engine with no big deal...I hooked up the hoist to the eye socket points....I would strongly recommend not hooking it up to the rear eye socket, instead hook it up more to the left. This is because you don't want the engine twisting counter clockwise as it did with the eye messed up my clearance path over the steering column by 1-2 inches. Not a big deal but still.

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