Carrera4 Reader
Aug. 26, 2009 12:41 p.m.

I'm removing the engine from my 944 to go through it and fix some oil leaks, replace belts, water pump, etc. Anything I should pay particular attention to? I have a craftsman atv/motorcycle jack that I plan on using to lower the engine out on. Anyone else try this yet? Success? Failure? Any advice to make the job go smoothly is greatly appreciated.

924guy Dork
Aug. 26, 2009 12:47 p.m.

its easier to go out of the top, and you dont have to get the car up 3 feet off the ground... unless you have a nice 2 post lift to work with ... id pull the dme sensors out first, so you dont crack them later..

maroon92 SuperDork
Aug. 26, 2009 12:50 p.m.
  1. unbolt the front subframe from the car.
  2. remove radiator, unbolt bellhousing, and unplug everything (don't forget the speed reference sensors)
  3. pull the front subframe forward in the engine bay to remove it from the driveshaft.
  4. jack the car up above the engine, and pull it out from under the car.

that would probably be the easiest way...

M030 Reader
Aug. 26, 2009 12:51 p.m.

I took mine out the top when I removed the engine from my 944. It took less than two hours.

Carrera4 Reader
Aug. 26, 2009 1:04 p.m.

No lift (I wish - maybe someday), but I have a jack that will lift the car 2 feet up and I have 6 ton jack stands that will hold it there, which is why I was thinking about going out the bottom onto my atv jack.

Height on the jack is a max of 17" so I figure I'll get everything lined up, put the jack under, disconnect the last bits, lower the engine, and raise the body the rest of the way to get the clearance I need to get it out. Also, I don't have an engine hoist, so I figured this would be the way to go with the resources I currently have.

Good advice on the sensors. I just put new ones in, it would be a shame to bash them up and have to spend more $$ I don't have to.

jwdmotorsports HalfDork
Aug. 26, 2009 1:18 p.m.

Unless you just can't spare the extra money I would go buy a hoist. HF has them on sale for $150ish pretty often.

EricM HalfDork
Aug. 26, 2009 1:18 p.m.

Just checked an you are in New Hampsure (however it is spelled) so I can;t just swing by and help/watch/eat stuff out of your fridge.

Take pics though as I will need to do the clutch on my 944 eventually.

Carrera4 Reader
Aug. 26, 2009 1:55 p.m.

Allways welcome to help/watch/eat my stuff/point/laugh etc! Fridge is built into my workbench - beer is the closest tool I have at hand.

cwh Dork
Aug. 26, 2009 2:13 p.m.

Sounds like a man with a proper shop!

dean1484 Dork
Aug. 26, 2009 3:44 p.m.

Look out for the serious change in balance of the car when you drop the motor. If you have the car up on 4 jack stands it will want to tip back on its but. A 5th jack stand under the back of the trans prevents this.

I have taken them then out and put them in from both the top and bottom. There are good and bad points to both. If you have an engine lift / crane go from the top. If you only have a floor jack obviously the bottom is the way to go.

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