The engine in my 2002 Dodge Caravan sounds like it has has some major
damage inside the motor. I am a fairly good mechanic, but have never
taken out a motor that sets sideways. I have a engine hoist and an
engine stand with a standard garage ceiling height. Is it possible for
me to remove this engine, so that I can see what is wrong with it
mechanically? Is it possible to remove the oil pan without removing
the engine? Is there a good manual that I could purchase, that would
guide me through the removal and rebuild?
I don't think you can get at the spark plugs let alone pull the back head
off without having to drop the motor in those things!
My understanding is you 'drop' the motor. There's a relatively easy
disconnect setup in the vehicle. You raise the vehicle, disconnect
the motor/drivetrain, unbolt the whole from steering/motor/drivetrain
assembly and lower it out of the vehicle.
Then again, I may be totally wrong...
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