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Engine Removal · 21 September 05
First off an obligatory dog shot to kick off the entry.
When things go haywire and don’t turn out the way you expect it is good to sit back, relax, look at a goofy dog photo (or a live, goofy dog when available) and make peace with the Universe.
Failing that there’s always the 5lb sledge…
Yesterday the Haynes Ford Probe 1989-1992 manual arrived: a welcome addition to the project and yet a harbinger of bad news. The steps to remove the engine go something like:
- Ch7: you MUST remove the transaxle and the engine at the same time
- Pg 15, Ch7 – disconnect the drive shafts (ref chapter 8)
(Jerry greasily thumbs over to Ch8)
- Pg 12, Ch8 – first remove the brakes (ref chapter 10)
(Jerry gives up trying to bookmark using fingers, flips to 10)
- Pg 6, Ch10 – first remove the strut assembly (ref chapter 9)
(Jerry reaches for 5lb sledge…)
Every step was a reference to another section, which then referenced yet another section, on and on. See, this is why we want electronic, indestructible books like my bBook idea. Instead of worrying about using up too much paper by repeating instructions it would cross-index and tabulate and so forth.
But, as Bob would say, ”’Tis a poor workman who blames his tools.” Actually it is great to have any kind of reference at hand and the schematics alone are worth the money.
Still, for anyone else going through this exercise let me summarize: to remove engine first remove all other parts of car, what is left is engine!
Last night was spent bouncing back and forth between pages for a little while and then popping off brake components and struts. The photo shows the driver side shaft removed and laying atop the rest of the wheel assembly, or what’s left of it. Brake pads looked pretty good, as did the rotor.
I’ll most likely be replacing the shock/spring/strut assemblies before all of this is over so it’s just as well that I get in there and scope things out. The other side came out even easier; the drive shaft is much longer and has a mounting bracket normally bolted onto the engine block.
We should take a few moments and quietly marvel at the wonder of front-wheel drive and the universal jointed drive shafts that make it possible. Take a pencil, break it into three pieces, now try to connect it such that the three joints can continuously spin a thousand times a minute without binding and still allow each section to move independently up/down and left/right.
Just about everything is ready for engine removal now. All that is left are the two “transaxle” (transmission) mounting brackets, one of which has a bolt that just won’t let go. I’m letting it steep in Break Away until tomorrow evening when I hope to empty the engine compartment once and for all.