2001 Dodge Caravan Removing engine

  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 12,000 MILES
I am trying to replace the engine and disconnected everything I can think of. It seems to be hanging up near the firewall.

I am trying to pull it out the top, with the front end removed. Can this be done or does it have to come out the bottom?

I can't seem to figure out what the hangup is, and I've rebuilt many a car
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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 AT 11:23 PM

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Release fuel pressure. See FUEL PRESSURE RELEASE.
Remove battery and tray. Remove integral vacuum reservoir. Drain cooling system and engine oil. Disconnect necessary coolant hoses, belts, control cables, electrical connections and vacuum hoses.
Remove air cleaner and radiator/fan assembly. Disconnect fuel lines using proper procedure. See FUEL LINE DISCONNECT FITTINGS. Remove generator.
Raise and support vehicle. Remove splash shields. Remove A/C compressor with hoses attached, and secure aside. Remove crossmember cradle plate.
Remove axle shafts. On AWD vehicles, mark location and remove drive shaft from power transfer unit. On all models, disconnect exhaust pipe at exhaust manifold.
Mark positions and remove front engine mount and rear transmission mount with brackets. Remove power steering pump and bracket assembly.
Remove torque converter cover. Mark flexplate-to-torque converter location for reassembly reference. Remove torque converter-to-flexplate bolts.
Lower vehicle. Remove body ground straps. Raise vehicle enough to support engine and transaxle with a suitable dolly.
CAUTION:To ensure proper positioning of engine, mark right engine mount (timing chain side) position on side rail for reassembly reference. Install engine mount into original position.

NOTE:To prevent noise, vibration and harshness, service right engine mount as an assembly.

Lower vehicle so weight of only engine and transmission is on dolly. Place reference mark on side rail to indicate right engine mount (timing chain side) position for reassembly reference. Remove right engine mount assembly.
Remove left transmission through-bolt.
Raise vehicle slowly. It may be necessary to move engine/transmission assembly to clear body.
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Monday, March 15th, 2010 AT 8:58 PM

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