Soup Swap Day 2023 is on Wednesday, January 25, 2023: How Hard is an engine swap on 1989 Toyata corolla?

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How Hard is an engine swap on 1989 Toyata corolla?

Little 4 banger. without air tools and a regular engine hoist 6 hours!

They are duck soup. if you never done it before, you are looking at a couple days with cheap tool sets and reading your hanes.

No you do not have to remove the axles for a motor change. throw the hood all the way open,. remove if you feel you might mess it up.

Job is much faster if the car is an automatic. Do yourself a favor and use a product called PB blaster and spray the bolts holding the exhaust to the exhaust manifold.

You are also better off starting on the bottom of the car first. Remove (if automatic tranny) little plate at the front of the tranny and starter. then remove your torque converter bolts first. Then the exhaust bracket that goes to the bottom of the motor, (if it still has it) then the exhaust from the exhaust maifold. Drain the radiator and pull the bottom hose off first so the antifreeze wont be abig problem. remove all tranny bolts that go to the motor. Remove the motor mount bolts under neath on the mounts. Once all your bolts underneath are removed and you no longer have to work under the car. lower the car back down. Then start on the top side. remove whats needed to get the motor ready to pull.

Now, the part that makes this job even easier. Take a jack and put under the front of the tranny "closest to the motor" make sure you use a block or something so you do not crack the tranny case. Jack it up till you the motor and trany comeup about an inch or so once the car stopps raising. Then wiggle the motor and wala, tranny is seperated.

Its a matter then of wiggling out the motor.

Sometimes (and seeing as how its your first time) I would remove the cracnkshaft pulley as that will give you more room to pull the motor away from the transmission. I never do, but then again, I can do that motor with my eyes closed.

Tip. once the motor is separated from the motor it is a good idea to jack the trany up a little more, that will allow more space to get the flywheel out of the tranny. PLUS it will make sure the torque converter does not fall out.

WHenever I do a motor, I always pull the converter and put a new front tranny seal in. But I do not recommend it if you have not done this before. you can bugger up the front of the tranny easy removing the seal.

do try to make sure the torque converter does not wiggle out.

When you install the next motor do it in reverse.

Tip 2, When you put the motor back in. get everything lined back up. then make sure is seated against the motor and start a couple tranny bolts. Its easier lining up the tranny bolts before the mounts are on. Then settle in the mounts. Before you tighten and tranny bolts, get under and take a screwdriver and make sure you can still turn the torque converter. Sometimes they fall forward and when you put the back to it, it will be cockeyed and you will find the motor wont turn over. then if you force it, you will break the transmission pump housing or front race.


Before you put that next motor in. Pull the timing belt cover off and replace the waterpump. cheaper and easier doing it then as it is in the car. Replace a new belt also.

The biggest reason one of those cars throws a timing belt is because the waterpump goes out chunking the timing belt.

Use you haynes and pay close attention to reinstalling that timing belt. Its not as hard as it sounds. Real simple actually.

Hope this info helps. holler if you need further assistance!

Lentil soup with chicken broth?

Lentil soup with chicken broth?

Isn't that strange,, I just sent you a recipe that includes chicken stock here's another very good recipe forLentils

Here is an almost effortless soup. Everything goes into the pot at once, and the finished dish is just the thing on a cold winter day.


1 leftover smoked ham bone or 2 smoked ham hocks

1 pound lentils (about 2 1/2 cups), picked over and rinsed

1/2 pound mushrooms, chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)

3 onions, chopped coarse

1 cup chopped carrot

1 cup chopped celery

1 cinnamon stick

1 bay leaf

3 1/2 cups beef broth

8 cups water


In a 6- to 8-quart kettle combine all ingredients and simmer soup, covered partially, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours. Discard bay leaf and cinnamon stick and remove meat from bone or hocks. Chop meat and stir into soup.

Makes about 3 1/2 quarts.

Did you do the Cabbage Soup Diet near a holiday dinner?

Did you do the Cabbage Soup Diet near a holiday dinner?

If I switch days around it never works so well for me.


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