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Old 10-09-2020, 06:51 PM
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Default Bell housing bolts 2.3 duratec

Swapping a 08 2.3 into my 2010 2.3. Its my First swap so learning as i go. Wondering how to get at the top two bellhousing bolts on the 08 2.3 duratec. The Intake manifold is stuck on(bottom bolts are rusted) so i cant remove that tell i pull the engine. Ive tried jacking up the rear end of the trans to get abit more clearance up front on the top but that only helped with the upper side bolts. Im using a gantry crane to remove the engine so im unable to get the right angle to pull the trans and motor as one.
Any help or tips would be appreciated as ive got to pull two motors


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Old 10-10-2020, 08:48 AM
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Default Re: Bell housing bolts 2.3 duratec

Most times, dropping the rear crossmember, with the transmission mount, will allow the engine & trans to hang down for access to the top bolts. I have used multiple extensions to get a socket up there. Using a 'partial wobble' socket will allow the socket to go squarely onto the head of the bolt wile allowing the extensions to droop down a bit so you can get a ratchet onto the last one.
If you have access to an impact wrench, that can also be used though it will not work as well with so much mass absorbing the whacks. Other than that, it is box wrench time while laying on the engine...
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Old 10-10-2020, 02:33 PM
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Default Re: Bell housing bolts 2.3 duratec

I managed to get them all today i only have the flexplate bolts remaining but cant get at them yet since my driveshaft is still installed so i cant turn over the engine.


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Old 10-12-2020, 06:34 AM
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Put the transmission in neutral, and rotate the pulley on the nose of the crankshaft.

If you have difficulty removing the bolts holding the driveshaft to the differential pinion gear shaft, I have used an 12-point box wrench on the bolt head, and then hammered on the open end of the wrench. That and hooking a larger box/open onto the open to extend the lever arm makes it a lot easier if you don't have an impact wrench to break them loose. Those on a 90 A* were horrible to get loose, even though they had minimal corrosion.
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:22 AM
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Default Re: Bell housing bolts 2.3 duratec

The transmission can be in park, the driveshaft still in, and the engine will turn, unless its locked up.
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Old 10-12-2020, 01:30 PM
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Default Re: Bell housing bolts 2.3 duratec

Driveshaft is out, friction plate bolts are out as well. Anyone know how many bolts are supposed to be in the bell housing? im thinking i missed one on the top but i cant see. How many bolts are there on top above the starter side?


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Old 10-12-2020, 02:53 PM
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the tranny is finally out, was easy once I finally found the top two bolts


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Old 10-15-2020, 07:16 AM
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Do NOT get under there with things held up on a concrete block. They can decide 'it is time' for them to turn to crumble. You do not want to be there if/when that happens.
Concrete of 'cinder' blocks are known to just decide they don't want to be blocks any more without warning. Get some actual cribbing if you need to, or some jack stands.
It would be a pain otherwise.
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Old 10-15-2020, 05:47 PM
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Do NOT get under there with things held up on a concrete block. They can decide 'it is time' for them to turn to crumble. You do not want to be there if/when that happens.
Concrete of 'cinder' blocks are known to just decide they don't want to be blocks any more without warning. Get some actual cribbing if you need to, or some jack stands.
It would be a pain otherwise.
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I only had the blocks there so i could get the wheel off to access the flex plate bolts. It was put back on as soon as they were removed you can see in the picture from when i removed the tranny i have the wheel back on. jack stands wouldn’t of helped in this case as it was drove up on ramps.


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