How hard is it to swap out an engine. I have a 2005 chevy Malibu classic and have a parts car that is 2004 chevy Malibu classic. Can I just leave the transmission on the engine and swap it as well? How hard is this project? Any advice? Thanks in advance.
For the removal it would probably be easiest to drop the whole front wheel drive powertrain with the engine cradle and suspension still attached. First disconnect all wiring and fluid lines, unbolt the suspension struts from above, unbolt the engine cradle, drop it all as one unit, and lift the body up off it. You will need an engine hoist and a vehicle lift. It might also be a good idea to first remove the hood and front bumper, so you can access everything easier.
All you need is a engine hoist and a bag of tools and some know how.. If you how to work on cars then it really won't be all that much work for you... But if you don't know much then I wouldn't even attempt this on your own.
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