How Do You Take an Engine Out of a Car?


To remove a car's engine, you must first collect an engine hoist, a wrench, a 5-gallon bucket and a heavy chain. Prepare the engine for removal by draining the radiator fluid and detaching the engine components, using the wrench where necessary. Then hoist out the engine with the chain.

The very first step to accessing the engine for removal is using a wrench to remove the engine hood completely. Make sure the car is positioned correctly for the hoist to access the engine during a later step. Take the negative cable off the battery, following correct safety measures while doing so.

Drain the radiator fluid into the 5-gallon bucket, positioning the bucket beneath the vehicle. Remove the hoses, cutting them if the connectors cannot be loosened. Then remove the fan, and then the radiator. Loosen the fuel lines and the air intake.

Loosen the power steering pump, then pull the air conditioner and the pump out of the way. Leave the hoses connected, but remove all of the wires but the spark plug wires. Loosen the exhaust manifold, and then detach the engine from the transmission with the wrench.

Raise the car with a car jack, and then use jack stands to hold it up. Slide under the car and remove the starter and exhaust pipe connectors, then the transmission connections at the cross member.

Finally, take out the bolts from the engine's transmission connections with a wrench. Remove the motor mount bolts with the wrench. Then slide out from under the car and lower the car. Bolt the chain to both sides of the motor securely, and then slowly hoist the engine out of the car to avoid damaging the vehicle, taking care to keep the front of the engine raised.