Grand Am Engine Removalby Michael Davidson
The Grand Am was one of Pontiac's best-selling cars and had two separate sales runs in the '70s before being brought back into the General Motors lineup in 1985. All Grand Ams were built in Michigan, with every model from 1985 to 2005 coming from the Lansing Car Assembly in Lansing. There are variations in the types of engines used per year in Grand Am models, but if you need to remove the engine, there are a few things to consider.
Grand Am Engine Removal Tips
If you are removing the transmission at the same time as the engine, many Grand Ams will require you to pull the assembly out from the bottom of the car. The vehicle will have to be hoisted into the air and then the engine can be removed from the bottom. If the engine is being removed by itself, it can still be hoisted out through the top once it's removed from the motor mounts. Even if the engine is coming out through the hood, a car hoist will make the process easier, so you can get underneath to unhook various systems.
You will need to have a suitable engine stand to place the engine on once it is removed. The engine weighs a considerable amount and should not be left on the floor. It needs to be safely secured so the engine is not damaged or cause injury from falling. Do not remove the engine mount until after the hoist is attached to the engine block. Otherwise the engine will fall because nothing is supporting it.
Make sure all the coolant is drained out of the engine when you remove the engine block from the Grand Am or it will start pouring out once you unhook the hoses.
Be careful when pulling the engine out as it is removed from the top of the car. It can badly damage the frame of the Grand Am and the engine if it hits it as it is being removed.
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