Camaro Engine Removal

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Pulling Camaro engines is a love-it-or-hate-it proposition. As it does not require an engine hoist and requires transmission and front suspension removal, the procedure tends to favor hot-rodders over repair-men. These are good traits if you're planning to swap better components in, but can be a nightmare for those who are only looking to rebuild the engine and nothing else.

Disconnect the Engine

  • Before doing anything, you have to disconnect everything. Modern Camaro engines are a rat's nest of wiring, hoses and sensors, so take your time. You can simplify the procedure quite a bit by disconnecting the wiring harness from the interior-mounted computer and pulling the wiring harness through the firewall, leaving everything still attached to the engine for later removal. Remember to bag and tag every bolt you remove. When disconnecting sensor harnesses, wrap each one with a masking tape tag and mark them with a permanent marker.

    The radiator will have to come out and so will the entire front half of your exhaust system.

Disconnect Suspension

  • The suspension will be coming out along with your engine, so you need to disconnect everything attached to it. Make sure that the chassis is supported by a number of blocks underneath. Unbolting the struts from the strut towers is a good start, and continue the process with your steering column, brake lines and suspension links. Some cars will require removal of the sway bar. Disconnect the shifter and clutch linkages, if so equipped.

Unbolting the Engine

  • You could try to hunt down every single wire and linkage between the car and powertrain, but you'll never find them all without removing the engine. Go under the car, and use an impact wrench to unbolt the front cross-member and transmission cross-member bolts. The power-train is essentially separated from the chassis at this point.

Removing the Engine

  • Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels. Place a jack under the front of the chassis (not on the front frame-rails), and slowly begin to raise the car. Have a friend or two lay on the ground and peer into the hood as you raise the chassis, watching for wires and tubes pulling taut. This is going to take a while and require a good set of vigilant eyes.

    Raise the chassis in small increments, and listen for the popping of connectors and harnesses you have not yet disconnected. After you raise the front of the car about a foot, raise the rear with a set of cinder-blocks to provide room for rotation. Just keep raising the chassis until the front is about 4 feet off the ground. Once you've raised the chassis enough, simply roll the whole assembly out from under the front bumper, using the front wheels as casters.

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