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Old 29 Sep 2009, 04:13 pm
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Default Update on my cracked block....

2004 PT cruiser 2.4L Turbo 24,000 miles

Well I have patched it up the 24,000 mile motor with JB Weld and block sealer and it's back on the road.

Like I said before, my wife and I love the car and so I bought a new/used motor complete with turbo attached for the same year as my 2004
PT.

My "new" motor (41,000 miles) will be coming from Tennesee and should be here Friday or next week.

I am going to go ahead and replace timing belt, water pump, oil pan gasket and new upper and lower intake manifold gaskets on the new motor coming.

I am going to try and get motor(with tranny attached) out through the top.

Do you see any problems with this? I was prepared to lift car up and then lower motor out the bottom, but beings I will be in my garage it would be nicer to use my cherry picker etc. Plus I would have to weld up some sort of cradle or use a transmission jack under motor then use cherry picker to lift front of car up.

Just wanted to get any advice from anyone. I searched, but not many people have done this themselves.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 29 Sep 2009, 09:47 pm
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Default Re: Update on my cracked block....

I don't think you can get the engine and trans together through the top but I know you can get the engine itself out the top. What happened to the original engine that had to be JB Welded?
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Old 30 Sep 2009, 06:00 am
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Default Re: Update on my cracked block....

I bought the car used with 21,500 miles from Tommie Vaughn Ford in TX. Drove it back to Wisconsin and 2 weeks ago my wife was driving it and coolant leaked out of crack and the idiot light came on. Upon my inspection the block was cracked.
Now I believe they put that metallic red crack sealer in it as everything has that appearance in the cooling system. It also had some coolant Crude buildup along oil pan.

ANYWAY....long story short I have a practically new PT Cruiiser with a bum block.

Is possible to leave the transmission in the car and only remove the engine?
Just trying to save some engine swap headaches.

Thanks!
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Old 30 Sep 2009, 07:25 am
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Default Re: Update on my cracked block....

Look what I found....

That's more of a project than most here would take on.... Time for a good manual and a LOT of research.... What did that used 41K engine cost you with shipping and all?

I would have applied whatever you paid towards trading her in for an exceptional deal on a new PT in today's economy, and got the lifetime warranty.


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Old 30 Sep 2009, 01:46 pm
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Default Re: Update on my cracked block....

I remember reading that there is VERY little clearance - there were problems early on in the PT life where the assembly line ran slow - supposedly clearance in install was only an inch or so - don't know it was installed from underneath.....I suspect so.
I'd have looked at patching the block before I'd throw another motor in.
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Old 30 Sep 2009, 06:19 pm
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Default Re: Update on my cracked block....

1,500 shipped to my door. Arrives tomorrow. Will freshen it up with some new parts and go ahead and get set to do the swap.

Car is still worth it as it really is like a brand new car.

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Old 30 Sep 2009, 06:28 pm
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Default Re: Update on my cracked block....

I hope you are REALLY handy and REALLY have a lot of patience and tools.
Good luck.
I wouldn't tackle it, myself, but I'm a wuss....
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Old 30 Sep 2009, 06:49 pm
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Default Re: Update on my cracked block....

you can get it out through the top. Take the front of the engine off though. With out that it's a no go.
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