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Old May 31st, 2006, 20:19   #1
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Default Can I pull my engine out of the top without the tranny?

I have a 2001 Jetta with a bad engine and all the manuals say drop the engine and tranny together out of the bottom of the car. I would like to pull the engine only out of the top of the car can this be done?
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Old May 31st, 2006, 20:41   #2
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Yes they drop out the bottom of the car not the top.

It requires the removal of 6 bolts, disconnecting the wiring harness and fuel lines, shift linkage, A/C, exhaust and cooling lines. You can have the engine ready to drop in about 1 hour total. The time you would waste trying to pull the motor out the top is simply not worth the hassle.

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Old May 31st, 2006, 22:30   #3
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Could you:
  1. Unbolt the transmission from the engine
  2. Remove the front end (bumper...)
  3. Pull the engine forward
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Old May 31st, 2006, 22:47   #4
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Could you:
  1. Unbolt the transmission from the engine
  2. Remove the front end (bumper...)
  3. Pull the engine forward
--Andy
There may not be enough room on the 5 speed cars to separate the engine and trans in the car. On a auto you probably could but like Drivbiwire said, it's way too much work. Why make harder than it has to be?
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Old June 1st, 2006, 09:27   #5
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Ok, then why not remove the engine AND transmission through the front? This MUST be easier than installing a car lift in the garage!

IowaJetta, go search for this on www.vwvortex.com. People over there do engine swaps all the time.

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Old June 1st, 2006, 10:20   #6
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Yes that's another way. Taking the front off the car is not that much work and you could pull the motor straight out.

When VW builds the car the engine/transmission are lifted up into the car. This makes it easier to automate the process by installing a complete assembly.

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Old June 1st, 2006, 10:49   #7
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There may not be enough room on the 5 speed cars to separate the engine and trans in the car. On a auto you probably could but like Drivbiwire said, it's way too much work. Why make harder than it has to be?
So how then do you change the clutch? Drop the engine and tranny out? Don't think so. There is plenty of room to remove the tranny alone from the bottom. With the tranny out, it should be fairly easy to take the engine out from the top/front.
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Old June 1st, 2006, 11:04   #8
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Trust me there is not enough room...

You can pull the engine out the top IF you take everything apart in the engine bay...The time it takes to do this is easily saved by either dropping the whole engine/transmission or sliding it out the front of the car.

You can do 3 engne swaps in the time it takes to pull one motor out the top of the engine bay.

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Old June 2nd, 2006, 08:27   #9
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I don't know whether you guys have the ground clearance to do this, but the Mk1 and Mk2 people do sometimes drop the engine and tranny, and then jack the car up, and drag the engine and tranny out from under the car.
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