: Things I should do when changing engines

03-24-05, 01:22 PM
I would like some advice on some things that I could do to prevent future hassles while my engine is out. I have 98 SLS (120K miles) and Im replacing the engine with a 99 (21k miles). What are some things that should be done to the motor, transmission (i have been getting that TCC system stuck off code) and engine compartment while I have the motor out. Im looking for some wisdom here. ANY and ALL advice is appreciated.

03-25-05, 02:04 AM
I dunno about what to do with the actual engine and tranny, but take lots of pictures, digital if you can...will help lots in the reassembly! I did a 94 not too awful long ago, and pics would have been great, if I'd have had a digital at the time.

03-26-05, 06:38 PM
Im having a shop change the engine out. I want to know if there are things I should do to the new engine or tranny while the motor is being transplanted. Im looking for things that might save me money and time out down the road.

03-28-05, 09:09 PM
EXCELLENT!!!! Nothing to do.

03-28-05, 09:53 PM
Depends on how much you want to spend, I can think of a few things (I am having an engine swapped right now as well.)

1. Fix case half seal
2. Sway bar bushings
3. Strut Mounts
4. Engine Mounts
5. Timesert headbolt holes and new headgaskets
6. Locktite oil pan bolts - prevents oil seepage
7. High Stall torque converter from yank - for fun

03-29-05, 04:13 PM
Now that is what Im looking for. Thank you.

03-29-05, 10:30 PM
Don't forget to change the front pump seal in the transmission, whether it was leaking or not. If you don't, and it starts leaking down the road, it will cost hundreds in labor just to change out a $10 seal.

03-30-05, 10:58 AM
That converter would run 895.00 plus shipping and handling.

04-21-05, 11:06 PM
What do you mean by fix case half seal?