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I have a 1998 Malibu 3.1L V6
I am removing the motor as the timing chain slipped 8 teeth and i got a good deal on a newer engine
I have disconnected everything except the engine to transmission bolts
What is the process to removing these? and where are the bolts located?


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It doesn't look like anyone on the forum has experience with this, myself included. You might want to check with a local engine/mechanic to see if they can give you some advice. I have only removed inboard boat and lawnmower engines so I do not think my experience would be helpful. Good luck. Fill us in on how things go. I am sure many of us would be interested in how it turns out.

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ms like a well put together site,
i cant believe that there is no gm techs on this site.
are there any ase certified people on this site.
There must be some mechanics even not certified
that have pulled a malibu engine, that has info on what they did,
even i have basic instructions, below.

Here is what I have for engine removal. Feel free to contact me with any questions on any of the steps. Good luck!
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Drain the engine coolant.
Remove the engine air cleaner assembly.
Remove the hood.
Remove the drive belt.
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Remove the hoses from the surge tank.
Remove the cruise control module.
Remove the engine wiring harness from the top of the engine. Set the harness aside.
Disconnect the throttle cable.
Disconnect the cruise control cable.
Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
Remove the starter.
Remove the air conditioning (A/C) compressor with the lines attached. Position the air conditioning (A/C) compressor aside.
Disconnect and position aside the lower engine wiring harness.
Disconnect the catalytic converter flange from the rear exhaust manifold.
Remove the torque converter cover and the torque converter to flywheel bolts.
Remove the engine splash shields.
Remove the transaxle to engine brace.
Remove the 2 outer transmission mounting bolts.
Disconnect the upper and the lower radiator hoses.
Lower the vehicle.
Disconnect the fuel lines from the engine.
Disconnect the engine vacuum hoses to the brake booster.
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Disconnect the heater hoses.
Install the engine support fixture.
Raise the engine.
Remove the engine mount and the adapter.
Remove the power steering pump.
Install the engine lifting device.
Remove the transaxle to the engine retaining bolts.
Remove the engine from the vehicle.
Remove the engine flywheel.
Mount the engine onto a suitable engine stand.

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Shouldn't be hard to find. Just follow the mated flanges of the engine/tranny around. I've only pulled one FWD engine, but it wasn't any different than any longitudinal mount as far as engine/tranny bolts.

I could be wrong here, but if this is the same 3.1 that was used in the 3rd gen Camaros, it should be the same as most small block chevy bolt patterns. In which case I would say look around online, and see if you can find a pic of a SBC or any SBC tranny for the bolt pattern.

EDIT: Here you go... assuming it's the same.

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