How Do You Remove a Car Engine?


To remove a car engine, disconnect the battery, drain the coolant, remove the radiator, disconnect the steering pump, detach the exhaust system, and remove the carburetor before lifting up the engine with a crane. Setting the engine on the ground and detaching the transmission completes this task.

First, unbolt and remove the car hood, and detach the battery cables. Put a collecting container below the radiator, remove the radiator cap, and allow the engine coolant to drain into the container. Unscrew the hose clamps, remove the hoses, unbolt the radiator, and detach the shroud. Loosen the mounting bolts that secure the radiator in place, remove the radiator, and then disconnect and remove the steering pump and air condition compressor.

Jack up the car, slide underneath the engine, and detach the exhaust system. To do this, remove the exhaust pipe connectors and starter, taking care to loosen any rusty bolts that connect the motor to the transmission by saturating them with cutting oil. Once you have detached the exhaust system, check the engine for a carburetor, and remove it.

Hook the engine corners with a lifting chain, and attach the chain to the crane. Loosen off the engine mounting bolts, and slightly lift up the engine. Detach any wires attached to the engine, disconnect the speedometer cable, and slowly lift the engine from its compartment. Set the engine on the ground, and remove the transmission.