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Old 08-10-2003, 01:10 AM
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Tips for engine removal - Please

hi everyone,

i am trying to remove my engine from my 88 190e 2.3. i have disconnected everything, i have double and triple checked that every connection is disconnected. The trans is disconnected from the drive shaft, the support beam is off, etc, but for some reason everytime I try to lift the engine out the whole car starts lifting up. So...

I thought maybe someone out there has removed this engine before and could lend me a little advice as to what i may be missing here. Or any tricks that would help me get this engine out.

As always many thanks for all the help!!!


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Old 08-10-2003, 02:09 AM
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This a stupid question but did you remove the bolts at the front mounts?
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Old 08-10-2003, 09:42 AM
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How high are you allowing it to come up before you stop lifting? The front of the car is going to rise because of the weight you are taking off of it. Have you tried moving the engine/tranny "forward" any. It has to come toward the radiator area and eventually be tilted up approximately 45 degrees to clear the firewall. Watch for the output housing/shaft of the tranny to scrap the ground when you start tilting.
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Old 08-11-2003, 09:50 AM
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Well engine is almost out. And I figured I would post my results so far so everyone can get a good laugh over what an ass I am.

1. Stan was correct I didnt undo the bolts that attach the motor mounts. I was under the impression the motor mounts were only attached to the motor, and not the frame.

2. when I unbolted the transmission from the flexdisk, one of the bolts I unscrewed was going from the driveshaft to the flexdisk, so there was really still one bolt going from the trans to the flexdisc. So as I was lifting and pulling and cursing, I realized I could now see the driveshaft coming towards the engine compartment.
That was Great, so now I dont know what kind of damage was caused by pulling that driveshaft forward like that.

3. After putting engine back into place to remove final bolt, then pulling again, I needed some more room to completely lift engine and trans out of car, so I started cranking the lift and then bang, I hit the garage door above my car. So I quit for the day from being so fustrated with my own incompetence. sometime this week I will pull the car out of the garage slightly so I have enough clearance and then lift the engine out.

Anyway, Hope everyone gets a good monday morning laugh.

And if anyone knows what could have been done to the drive shaft please comment. The rear part is still attached to the rear diff.


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Old 08-11-2003, 10:05 AM
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A word from the experienced -- I'm glad you quit when you got frustrated. Many mistakes are made beyond that point. After a good night's sleep and a little thinking, you'll see how productive your work will be the next day.
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:04 AM
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If the two driveshaft sections have come apart you will probably need to get it rebalanced.
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