Couple of questions with a 2.5L replacement
I bought a replacement engine two weeks ago and am now in the process of trying to get the engine in. Everyone who I've asked has said that an engine replacement is easy. Well, that is obviously not the case. After about 12 hours of work over two days with three guys, we're still stuck. We replaced the clutch plate to the engine, but upon trying to drop the engine in we're having trouble getting the clutch aligned onto the transmission. We used the alignment tool to get it straightened, but we can't get the engine close enough to the transmission to get the spindle to slide into the engine and begin bolting the engine and transmission together. We tried for about 9 hours turning the engine, lifting the engine, lowering the engine, lifting the transmission, lowering the transmission, and every combination in between, but still cannot get the darn thing linked up. Last night we tried to grease the spindle so it may slide on easier, but that didn't help either. So my questions are:
1. What the hell are we doing wrong?
2. Is there a trick to make this easier?
3. Is there a completely different process we have to do to get this in?
Any and all suggestions would be great.