Ive got a 2000 Cherokee 4x4 4.0L. I'm removing the motor to replace it due to piston problem and want advice on the best way to yank this thing. I'm down to the long block everything else is off, now i've her conflicting stories: 1) yank out attached to tranny and 2) disco from tranny then pull motor. Whats the easiest but also safest way. I've pulled a bunch of chevys but never a jeep just curious.
you can pull it without the tranny connected...pulls out easier, but there is a bolt or two that is a pain on top of the tranny...if you pull it all out together, they you have to disconnect linkage, cables etc
I usually pull the whole thing, trans and all. But that's just me. I remove as little as possible, pull the front clip, and slide that monster out. I like it a lot better tearing everything apart on a stand or the floor rather than in the Jeep.
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Pull the engine by itself, I rebuilt mine this last summer, there's two bolts on the top of the bell housing like cruiser said, theirs a pain but less of a pain then removing the block with tranny to me.
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got my block out and apart found blown up piston skirt in cylinder 3. Is this a common failure point? Also I will be rebuilding the motor seeing the only damage was to the piston itself and the motor had 170K on it made it seem like the best option. I have heard something about a particular head gasket to use on the rebuild, Anyone else hear this and what is it that is best to use? Also when I pull the distributor out of the block how do I ensure I get it back in for timing considerations?