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Unread 01-05-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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new to the jeep world. enigine pull question

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.

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Unread 01-05-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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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
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Pull just the engine. Support the front of the trans with a floor jack. Remove the top two bell housing to engine bolts before loosening or removing any of the others.
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My vote

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Unread 01-06-2012, 06:27 AM   #5
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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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Unread 01-06-2012, 10:03 AM   #6
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thanks guys i appreciate it and am sure I'll have more questions along the way.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 11:32 AM   #7
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Do you need to work on the trans? If not, just pull the long block.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #8
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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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Unread 01-06-2012, 02:44 PM   #9
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If you remove the motor mounts and then lower the engine slightly, you can reach the top two trans bolts.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 07:51 PM   #10
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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?
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Unread 01-09-2012, 09:46 AM   #11
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When I rebuilt my motor this is what I referenced for the timing.

http://www.angelfire.com/my/fan/dist_index.html

Its actually really hard to not get the timing right with the 4.0l
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