How to remove engine from car without hoist

How to Remove Engine from Car Without Hoist & with A Hoist

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Learn how to remove engine from car without hoist and how To Remove Engine With Hoist

There are so many problems that will arise in a worn-out engine. Some of the problems you might encounter with a damaged engine include low performance, knocking noises, rough idle, exhaust smoke, inconsistent power, rattles and so on. The options you can choose from are to sell the car or perhaps rebuild the car’s engine.  If you decide to build the engine, you can either do it yourself or employ the services of a professional. Be sure to also read this post on removing engine and transmission together  for more on this topic.

How To Remove Engine From Car Without Hoist & With A Hoist

One other thing you can do is to replace the engine entirely. You can upgrade to a better one or replace with the current one. Engines get removed from vehicles all the time and it is not a very big deal. The process to get it done might be a little tedious but it is not impossible. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the ways you can remove your vehicles’ engine and transmission.

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How to lift an engine with a Jack

You need to secure your vehicle before you start the process of removing the engine. To secure it and make sure it does not fall on you while you work, you need to raise the car with a jack. Jack up the front of the car and shake it left and right to make sure it is stable and safe.

How to remove engine with hoist

Before you can lift an engine from a vehicle, you need a hoist and some other important tools. Some of the things you might need are

  • A well-detailed instruction manual to serve as a guide.
  • Hand tools like screwdrivers, pry bars, pliers, socket sets, wrenches, and razors. You also need AC tools if the vehicle has one installed. It is, however, advisable to get the AC evacuated by professionals before you start the process of removing the engine.
  • Masking tape, marker and a plastic bag for storing and labelling parts as they get disassembled.
  • A vehicle jack, jack stand, and wheel chocks.
  • Lots of rags to wipe your hand as they will get messy
  • Draining pans to drain fluids like coolant, oil, and so on.
  • Rust penetrant to remove nuts and bolts.
  • Wrench kits for removing objects like trans fluid lines, fuel line and others.

You have to park your car on a levelled surface as you work and also make sure there is much overhead space for you in case you start lifting. You may also get a camera so that you can be able to capture the process as you disassemble.

Engine Removal with Hoist

The first thing to do is to use the wheel chocks to secure the rear wheel, then jack up the front of the car to place the jack stands. Ensure the car is stable and would not fall as you work underneath. Remove the hood of the car and disconnect any fluid lines attached to it. Keep track of every bolts and nut you remove by putting them in a bag. You can now go ahead to disconnect the battery and fuel lines. You need to depressurize the fuel system and disconnect hoses, pipes and others.

Proceed by removing all the connectors under the hood, make sure you label everything you disconnect so that you won’t have any problem putting them back. Now, drain all the fluids from the engine. This is where your draining pan will be useful. Keep it under the car to avoid staining the floor, all the fluid escaping will pour in. It is advisable to fill new fluid into the vehicle after this process.

Once that is done, remove the coolant and transmission hoses from the radiator. Also, disconnect any hose running to the engine from the pump. Remove the radiator and AC system so that they do not get damaged. The last thing to remove right now is the exhaust system, unbolt the header pipe or the exhaust manifold.

Since everything has been disconnected, attach the chains from the hoist to the engine block.  Before you start lifting, the motor mounts secure the engine to the frame so you need to unbolt it. Some cars have 2 motor mounts while others have 4. They look different in shape and sizes.

How to remove engine and transmission together

If you want to remove the engine and transmission together, then when you remove the hood, jack up the rear of the vehicle and remove both as one assembly. You should use a rolling engine hoist so that the engine and transmission will be tilted away. Also, make sure you have a lot of space in your garage or wherever you are doing this. This will make your hoist go very high enough. Please be sure to read this post on removing engine and transmission together  for more on this topic

However, it is much easier to detach both engine and transmission first before you raise the engine.

How to remove engine from car without hoist

It is also possible to detach your vehicle’s engine without a hoist. Before you start disassembling, take a picture so that you will be able to look back at it if you get confused.

First, make sure your car is parked in a level surface. Then open the hood after applying the parking brake. After this, detach all the accessories of the engine. Use a wrench to remove the battery cable and disable the battery.

Remove all the wiring harness from the vehicle and set it out of the way. After this, disable the fuel line from the injector rail with the fuel line removal tool and then remove the power steering lines. After this, remove the radiator with your hand by loosening the petcock and draining the coolant. Then proceed to remove the radiator hose from the engine with a screwdriver. You can then remove the radiator with a socket wrench.

Now raise the vehicle by placing a jack under to raise it. By doing this, you will be able to work underneath comfortably. Then place the stand under the chassis so that it will not fall on you. Use a wrench to loosen the bolt at the rear to remove the driveshaft. Then pull it out of the transmission by pulling it towards the car rear. You might need to watch out for any fluid drain at this moment.

Then remove the engine. Make sure you get rid of everything that might be pulling it back. Remove brake lines, mounting bolts and every other obstruction.


Those are the ways you can remove an engine with or without the transmission. You can also choose whether to use a hoist or not for the process. If you know it is too complex for you, then you can decide to take it to a professional mechanic to help you out.

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