View Full Version : Motor Rebuild Needed - R&R myself or have it done?

10-17-13, 05:02 PM
I have a 2005 CTS-V that needs a motor rebuild. I've found a good motor shop to do the work but am debating the wisdom of removing and reinstalling the motor myself. I have a place and the tools (I think) to do the job but am concerned about the complexity of the job. I've got a quote for $3000 to R&R and would really like to save that money. The last motor I took out and replaced was my 69 Roadrunner so...what do you think?

10-17-13, 05:38 PM
Rate yourself as a mechanic? What is the most complex work you have done to a vehicle?
If you say change plugs, then pay to have it done. The " I think" comment concerns me.
It is not necessarily that difficult of a job. There is a very detailed thread on pulling motor and re-installing on here. Can't give a link right now (on my phone). but you can search, or I'm sure someone will supply it shortly.

10-17-13, 05:52 PM
If you managed a 69 roadrunner and didn't have major problems you should be fine. Just be patient and do a lot of reading on the matter.

10-17-13, 06:21 PM
Grab a copy of this: http://www.amazon.com/How-Rebuild-LS-Series-Engines-Design/dp/193249460X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y

It'll take you step by step through the process.

10-18-13, 09:09 AM
Save the coin. Do it yourself.

With all the money you save throw a cam and heads on that block. Replace the oil pump while you are there as well.

This might help a little......