The 2012 Chevy Equinox Engine Replacement was necessary because there was a problem with the head, particularly the #1 cylinder. It was never determined why the cylinder was leaking, but after tearing it all down that far, I was not about to put it back in the car.
You can’t buy heads for these cars. Call any parts place and they laugh at you when you say you have a cylinder head problem. You have to either get a re-man engine for $4000-$5000 or get a junk yard motor. I lucked out, found a replacement from a car that was rear ended and the engine was in perfect running order. Only 41,000 miles on it. I had been calling for weeks and everything I found was 100K + miles. Persistence paid off.
All right. So, this is we’re at right now. This is the old engine still attached to the transaxle and the alternator is still there, the compressor is still, there we’ve got a bunch of stuff to pull off including that spaghetti mess of electrical connectors and then this is our final destination. That is our junkyard motor with only 41,000 miles on. I don’t remember what it was in but whatever it was in the car got rear-ended the engine is in great shape so they tell me and we’re gonna go ahead and start transferring all of the stuff from here to here. I got parts all over the place but after that hopefully we’ll be ready to just do or reinstall and we’ll be good to go.
I have beaten the monster. Just recently Jonathan and I attached the transaxle on it so thanks to Jonathan for that I was not able to do that by myself very easily. The next thing we’re gonna do is we’re gonna start moving everything over from this guy right here including that harness which is actually completely separated from it, it’s just sitting on there, we’re gonna move the harness over to this guy right here and that’s where we’re gonna start. Then we’re going to start putting stuff on like I don’t know AC compressor and all that other kind of stuff. I actually forgot about something, I got a bolt in the torque converter belt so I’ll be doing that as well. So, we’re just gonna get started on this thing.
All right so this is really not that big of a deal just find the first bolt hole, line it up, you can spin the torque converter until you line them up and then there’s the first one. So, I think this side of the engine is pretty darn close as far as connections are concerned and now I’m going to go do the other side.
So, this side is still pretty bare, it’s missing an AC compressor, it’s missing an alternator, it’s missing a starter, it’s missing the big motor mount.
So, I have made a little bit of progress. Let’s see here the alternators on and the AC compressor is on, everything’s hooked up. I can’t remember what this little dude is all about. I’ve got this big red wire from the alternator ducking down and sneaking across going to the starter. The starter has also got this silver guy who basically terminates at the battery. The starter is in and that is pretty much where we’re at right now. This guy right here is going to go to an O2 [oxygen] sensor if I’m not mistaken, this guy right here is going to go to an O2 sensor.
Just for grins I decided to get in a water pump and I also replaced the alternator with a brand new one. I put the big old plate back on it and the water pump pulley. The harness is all on. Every connection except for the ones that connect to the car are connected.
All right. So, I hope it doesn’t bite me in the butt but I decided to put both of the catalytic converters back on and the corresponding heat shields. So, these were things that I pulled off before removing the engine but I don’t want to have to put them back on inside the engine so I did it here so we’re gonna see if that blows up on me. But this thing’s ready to go back in.
Okay so this is where I’m at, she’s ready to go back in. What I did was I cheated, I found the alignment hole and I stuck a piece of copper piping in there, I actually hung it from up there, I hung it from up there first and then I pulled the card in to where it lined up perfectly with that bolt hole and then I verified that it was the same way on the flip side and hopefully I’m pretty close. I mean obviously I’m not gonna be perfect but hopefully when I lower the car I’ll be pretty darn close in terms of having to shift the engine around to get it made it back up with the car.
Okay. So, with the engine in up there I’ve turned my attention to subframe and this is definitely not a how to do this but it’s the only way I know how to do it by myself without giving it a whole lot of thought. My goal is to get that under this on top of that. Okay boys and girls this is how not to do it, it’s hanging.
Okay this is we’re at. I don’t have a clue about what I’m doing but I’m doing it anyway.
All right. So, in order to get the subframe connected in its four places and line up that right there we’re at the engine mount it took 4 hours, Matt, Giselle, Rachel and Robbie.
I pressed the buttons
Robbie pressed the buttons. So, Robbie was the lift man, Rachel was a spotter, Matt’s the muscle and then me I’m just exhausted I’ve been at this since 9:00 a.m. But the face of determination and the muscle, look at the muscle, the muscle is probably turning Giselle on.
All right here I am back in the garage alone after the Herculean task of lining up the subframe and getting it in there I’m so glad and I’m hoping that the rest of this is gonna go relatively smoothly. I got to say the lesson learned here is that that rear catalytic converter it was getting in our way, it just got in our way, got in our way, got in her way and it just got to the point where we just got frustrated and ripped it out. And when we ripped it out we had more room on the back end to be able to get everything to line up especially the motor mount where the engine mounts to the subframe itself on the rear part of the engine. So, that was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I’m stalling right now I’m trying to figure out what my next move is. I think a nice easy safe move is to get back under the car and I really just got a double triple and quadruple check all of these connections.
Okay well I found 5 out of 6 of the bolts and put the exhaust back on.
All right battery is charging and I’m done going to the store and bought oil and transmission fluid and coolant and I already start putting fluids in cause everything I think is together obviously not this so we’re getting close, super close, fingers crossed.
All right, I am recording go ahead and turn it on.
All right so with the preliminary test run complete I went ahead and threw in the air box. I kind of put everything back where it’s supposed to be and I finished off looking at the vacuum lines and it takes me over here. The brake caliper is back on and get ready for a road test.