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Old 12-07-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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I am the unfortunate owner of a blown up 2003 2.0L SOHC engine in my Focus. It appears tha the piston failed and the connecting rod destroyed the piston and gouged the cylinder wall of #4 cylinder. I have the engine stripped down almost to the short block stage and I'm planning on replacing it with a remanufactured block and head. Is it possible to remove the engine without dropping it with the transaxle? Will it come out the top??


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Old 12-07-2010, 08:32 PM   #2
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I know on the DOHC 2.0l that the axle is connected to the windage tray and if it is still connected to the block, then no you would have to go under and undo the oil pan and windage tray to pull the block out. Also it's the fact of, to undo the connecting rods and pull the pistons out, you would need to get to the crank. So you would have to eventually take the windage tray out. Also I think the there are bolts on the windage tray that connect to the block that you can not get out without pulling the windage tray and axle bearing carrier on the back of the motor.
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I don't know if the SOHC and DOHC engines are similar in regard to this. The biggest obsticle that I see is that if I seperate the engine from the transaxle, will there be enough clearance for the flywheel to clear the transaxle housing to lift it out the top.
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Ah okay, but isn't the trans axle for the passenger side have a bearing carrier that is connected to the windage tray?
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Pulled one out of the top last week. No big deal. Took 3 hrs for engine removal.
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Yes. There is a cast iron bracket that is bolted to the block. It holds the bearing carrier. Maybe I don't understand what a windage tray is?!
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Did you need to remove the the dampener pulley for clearance?
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Neither do I and I'm a Ford mechanic lol. Probably a different term for something we really do know about.
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windage tr4ay is the stamped metal plate that bolts to the bottom of the block inside the oil pan. It is for oil control.
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Not sure why you would take it out before removing the engine...?
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