A Journey of a Thousand Steps…

Begins by staring at the road in front of you and debating whether you’re dumb or not.

Narrator: “He was definitely dumb.”

So first things first, come to terms with the fact that this very well might be the most involved thing you’re ever going to do to your car.  But come the end of this journey, you’ll be able to laugh at your boys who think doing their own oil changes is worthy of recognition.  Nah brah, I pulled the fucking engine, how you like me now?

You also need to really be dedicated to this shit.  Too many times you’ll see project cars for sale with the engine out – because Joe Blow Shadetree Mechanic thought it would be a walk in the park and got halfway done, gave up, couldn’t afford it, etc, and just decided to dump the car to some other unlucky schmuck.

Okay.  Got yourself psyched up?  Good.  Let’s do dis.

Jack up the car, blah blah blah.  Always worth mentioning, use jack stands son.  The car might be up there for a few hours days weeks, so make sure its stable.  Next step is pulling the bumper, which is pretty easy:

The hardest ones to get to are the ones in blue because the TT’s intercoolers are in the way just enough to make things hard.

Once the bumper is free from the car, make duly sure you’ve already started labeling and taking pictures.  This process is long, and it will help immensely to have documentation of what you’ve done so far.  You’re also going to want to disconnect the “aliens” or headlight washers from the reservoir.  You’ll probably lose a bit of windshield washer fluid.  I should give credit to the thread I got the above diagram from as well:


You’ll come to find that just about anything you’re doing to this car, there’s forum threads out there for it.  Unfortunately, not many include photos, and some aren’t as detailed as we’d hope.  So now your car is looking like the above pic.  Nice!  The next step is to remove the crash bar – that silver thing across the front.  Couple bolts later, good to go.

While you’re at it, pull the headlights as well.  Three bolts apiece, unclip the wiring harness, and out they come.  Now for our next trick, the front lock carrier:

Picture care of ECS Tuning, this is the frontal support that holds your radiator, AC condenser coil, headlights, basically everything.  Why it’s called the “front lock carrier” I’m not sure, but this has gotta come out since we’re pulling the engine out the front of the car.

This was fairly straightforward.  Two “triple square” bolts up top, three bolts around the crash bar supports, and two more bolts around the sides.  There’s a video that helped me do this part, so I’ll link it below:

If you follow the vid, you’ll notice he unbolts the radiator and leaves all that jazz in place.  You can do it that way, or you can unhook and drain the radiator and disconnect the AC condenser then pull everything as one single piece.  Doing it this way requires you to discharge the AC system, which is probably illegal to atmosphere, but take that with a grain of salt.  Once the radiator, AC condenser and front lock carrier are off, we can get to the funnest part!


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