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Old 10-17-2007, 02:07 PM
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5th Gen Engine Removal Question: Out the Top or Bottom?

I should be ready to pull the blown engine out of my '97 automatic Prelude tomorrow. The FSM says not to discharge the AC system or remove the power steering lines from the pump. There's one hard AC line that runs right over top of the tranny about halfway between the distributor and the shock tower. I could really see this getting in the way. For those of you who have pulled the engine/tranny from a 5th gen, is it possible with the PS and AC lines in place? Do you just lift the engine a few inches, use the load leveler to set it at a ~45deg angle, then lift it the rest of the way out the top? I know there's a few cars where you must drop the powertrain out the bottom, but I don't see the Prelude as being one of them since the subframe is in the way.

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When I pulled the motor/tranny out of my parts car I just lifted the engine slowly until I could make the A/C line that you are talking about go around it. It also bends a little but I would bend it too much. Of course my PS and A/C was already removed...
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:35 PM
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I Would Just Remove The A/c Line It Makes The Job Alot Easier And A Feron Charge Is Alot Cheaper Then One Of Those Aluminum Lines. Have Fun And Good Luck
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:37 AM
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Proof that you can safely remove the engine without removing or opening any of the A/C or PS lines. I've done a few engines in the past in both FWD and RWD cars. Everything from I4's to V8's.The best advice I can give anybody is keep the chains between the load leveler and the engine as short as possible.



EDIT: Sorry for the crappy camera phone pic. I didn't have my digicam in the garage and was too covered in dirt to go in the house and get it.
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yep, we pulled my motor on saturday keeping EVERYTHING AC and PS related intact. PS was no problem, just unbolt the pump and pull it outta the way. AC was also similar, and you can just pull the hardlines away from the tranny no problem
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