Remove Oil Pump, Pan, & other stuff GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine Vid # 21

Getting ready to remove engine mount from my Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Getting ready to remove engine mount – GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Oil pan removed from my Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Oil pan removed from my Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Oil pump and pickup tube removed from my Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Oil pump and pickup tube removed from my Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Windage tray removed from my Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Windage tray removed from my Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

only the short block remains - Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

only the short block remains – GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Before moving the engine from the cherry picker to the engine stand, I had to get some bolts.  I got a kit from Summit Racing.  Part SUM-G1012M.  They are 10.9 grade (metric for Grade 8) bolts and they worked just fine.  I was not sure about exact positioning, maybe someone will comment on the video in YouTube.

Short block on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Short block on my GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

I lowered the engine until the oil pan was touching the floor and I used my floor jack to support the heavy black engine stand part.  I wanted to make absolutely sure not to cross thread the bolts, and took my time.   The jack was a big help.

Next, a bunch of parts flew off – Engine mount brackets, AC compressor housing bracket thingy, and some other small stuff.

I used the jack to support the oil pan while unthreading the bolts and the thing came off very gently and easily.  Then I spun it around and got the oil pickup, the windage tray, and finally, the oil pump.

 

Next was the machine shop discussion.  This was a curve ball. 

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Remove Motor Mounts & Engine GM Chevy Tahoe Vortec LS Engine vid 19

LS Valley Plate made engine removal much easier for the GM 5.3 Vortec LS motor

LS Valley Plate made engine removal much easier for the GM 5.3 Vortec LS motor

Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS motor on its way out

Chevy Tahoe GM 5.3 Vortec LS motor on its way out

Engine bay after removal of the GM 5.3 Vortec LS motor

Engine bay after removal of the GM 5.3 Vortec LS motor

Removing the motor mounts and engine turned out being easier than I originally thought it would be.  I abandoned using one of those engine leveling tools for just the chain, and from there, it was smooth sailing.  The GM LS Engine removal plate made it very simple, definitely worth the money.

removal-gm-vortec-ls-motor GM Chevy Vortec Engine LS 5.3

Removal-gm-vortec-ls-motor GM Chevy Vortec Engine LS 5.3

As for the bolts, I was relieved to see that it was just 3 bolts on each side, and that the other 4 bolts (for each side) could just come out with the engine and removed later.  I used an impact wrench universal socket on the 3 bolts (6 including both sides) and the universal pin blew out on #6.  I actually found it later and put it back in.

 

The engine came up and out without any issue.  I was shocked that something I was so worried about for days ended up being so easy.  I am still sweating getting it back in there without crimping any of the wire harnesses (or any of the other 1000 things that can go wrong), but that’s for a future day.

 

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Losing My Temper removing Oil Pressure Sensor Sending Unit video 18

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Oil pressure sending unit on a GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

How NOT to remove Oil Pressure Sensor?  When you work until you are completely exhausted, you lose your temper.  When you lose your temper, things get broken.  When things get broken you lose your temper even more.  When you don’t have the right tools, you lose your temper even more.  And finally, when you go to the store, and buy the wrong tool – and realize it when it doesn’t work when you get back, you start breaking even more stuff.

A 27mm deep socket is NOT enough to get the oil pressure sensor off a GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

A regular 27mm deep socket is NOT enough to get the oil pressure sensor off a GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

If only I had the proper tool for removing the oil pressure sensor.  At least, I think that is the right tool.  I have not done reassembly yet, so I don’t know for sure.  Anyhow, I included this video in the series to show that not everything goes as perfect as it does on ½ hour car shows on cable.  This was NOT a hard step.  I was just getting ahead of myself, I wanted the motor out and this little oil pressure sensor was about the last thing in my way.  I was tired, and I should have wrapped it up hours before.  If anyone actually reads this, learn from my mistakes.  Just walk away!  If you’re tired, it ain’t worth it.  It’s gonna cost me around $40 for the part and $8 for the socket.

 

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Oil Pump Removal Fail – Alternator Bracket Removal GM Chevy Tahoe Vortec LS Engine vid 11

Oil pump for the GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine is much harder to remove than it should be.

Oil pump for the GM 5.3 Vortec LS Engine is much harder to remove than it should be.

Removing the oil pump – oh what a joy!  The 4 bolts on the front are obvious, but the pump is also connected to the oil pickup that is in the oil pan.  Guess where the bolt is?   Yep, inside the pan, and not only inside, but GM had 2 possible locations for the bolt and they chose the harder of the two to attach it.  Dropping the pan is another 6000 step process that I did not want to mess with.  Looking back, I think that at this point in the game, I knew I was gonna pull the engine, and I knew that getting the oil pump off post removal would be easier, so I punted, and moved on to the alternator/power steering pump bracket.

Power steering pump / Alternator bracket for the Chevy Tahoe 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

Power steering pump / Alternator bracket for the Chevy Tahoe 5.3 Vortec LS Engine

The goal here was to not open up the power steering system to avoid having to deal with it later.  I just started removing bolts till I found the ones that held the big bracket on to the engine block.  Finally I was able to pull it away and secure it to the side.  This [pulling aside and not opening up the system] was my plan for the upcoming AC compressor, too.

I didn’t make a whole lot of progress during this section, so I cleaned up the garage.  I wanted to make sure that I knew where everything was, that everything was with their corresponding fastener bags, and that sensitive items where in the back of the Tahoe where they couldn’t be kicked, or lost by passersby in the garage.

 

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