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  1. #1 How To Pull A KA 
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    How to Pull a KA

    Parts Needed:

    Engine Hoist
    Basic Tools


    If your doing the pull at night make sure you have enough light:


    Whether your car has a KA24E or KA24DE motor, the removal process is the same. First, place your car on jack stands and open the hood.




    With a help, remove the hood by first disconnecting the wiper reservoir line and then, using a 14mm wrench, remove the two bolts from each side of the hood and place the hood to the side.



    After this point we will be disconnecting electrical components so go ahead and disconnect the battery to ensure that the car has no power.



    And go ahead and remove the Spark plug wires and Intake manifold. Spark Plug wires is not a must, i just like to get everything out of the way personally.

    Next, with a large pan, drain the radiator by loosening the plastic stop from the bottom of the lower, driver***8217;s side portion of the radiator. (remove the radiator cap and the flow will increase dramatically) Now you need to get the coolant out of the block to prevent coolant from spilling when the motor is removed. Remove the lower radiator hose from the radiator and let that drain. Now locate the 2 hoses that come from the the back of the intake manifold side and pass into the firewall. These are your heater core lines and should be removed or cut. Finally, remove the radiator shroud, radiator brackets, and hoses. Go ahead and set them all aside for reuse later.



    Now the motor and transmission need to be drained. To drain the engine oil, simple unscrew the oil plug from the oil pan and let it drain into a new container. If your going to be storing the motor for a bit, i would recommend leaving the oil in the motor, wont hurt anything and keeps the engine parts lubed. This pull we did NOT empty the oil.

    For the transmission, locate the plug on the bottom side of the transmission with a square receiving hole. You will most likely need to use a breaker bar and simply slide its end into the square hole to loosen this plug.



    The power steering pump is located directly above the AC compressor and needs to be drained and then disconnected. Place a drain pan under the lower, thinner hose on the pump and remove the hose, draining the power steering fluid from the reservoir into the pan. Now remove the large hose from the top of the pump and set it to the side. If you wanna drain it later cork one end of the hose. If you dont have a cork..... improvise!




    In order to remove the motor you must first remove the sub-harness and the E.F.I. harness. The sub-harness is the harness that connects the plugs(4) from the passenger***8217;s side fuse box to the alternator, starter and transmission. The simple premise for removing this harness is to follow any wire from the engine side of this harness to its connecting point in the engine bay. (Basically, visualize the engine being removed through the top of the hood and any wire that would prevent the motor from raising should be disconnected.) Once all plugs and grounds have been disconnected, you can drape this harness over the transmission and out of the way. Or do as I do and completely remove the harnesses.



    Removing the E.F.I. harness is a little trickier than the sub-harness. The E.F.I. harness connects the dashboard and engine components by passing through the firewall after connecting to the factory ecu. First, the E.F.I. harness must be disconnected from the main harness. This connection lies under the dashboard. Remove the plastic panel under the glove box near the passenger***8217;s side door. This will expose the factory ecu. Now remove the glove box by unscrewing the bolts at each corner. From the firewall, follow the E.F.I. harness immediately to the left then to the main harness plug. Disconnect the main harness plug and then, using a 10mm socket, unplug the ecu from the E.F.I. harness. Continue back to the firewall disconnecting any plugs that connect from the E.F.I. harness. Now pass the end of the E.F.I. harness through the firewall and into the engine bay. Finally, disconnect any plugs or grounds originating from the engine that connects to any component in the engine bay. For example, start next to the battery and then work around the perimeter of the engine bay, disconnecting plugs as you go. Once these plugs are removed you can lay the E.F.I. harness on top of the engine. Or do like I do and remove it completely.

    Ok so heres the next part where people say disconnect the driveshaft.... We decided not to on this pull. You can if you want, but we didn't. Its a few simple bolts very self explanatory. If you made it this far.. You can do it!!

    Nows time to do prep work in the car. Remove all the shifter trim you can as well as rubber boots. Using a set of Snap Ring Pliers remove the snap ring from the shifter.

    Now go to unbolt the down pipe at the bottom of the exhaust manifold. If for some reason You say... Strip a bolt...


    A SawzAll is your friend. Of course this will come at the cost of your exhaust pipe




    Or you can always unblot the cat convertor and go from there..



    Once youve got that disconnected, unbolt the transmission crossmember. On the underside of the transmission, you will notice a bracket that connects the rear center of the transmission to the transmission tunnel. This bracket is the transmission cross-member and is the last connection between the car and drivetrain that needs to be disconnected before your KA motor can be removed. First, place a floor jack under the transmission to prevent the drivetrain from pivoting downward once the cross-member is disconnected. With the jack in place, remove the 4 - 17mm bolts from the brace and then proceed to the front of the car for the final step.


    Yes we removed the few bolts before the pic.

    Now! Time to remove the motor!!

    Unbolt the top nut on both Motor mounts. And begin to Install the chain so you can pull the motor.

    I always use a longer bolt than the one that orginally goes in the holes pictured. But you will get an idea of how to mount the chain.
    On the Exhaust Side

    Intake Side:


    Now, once you have all this done. Take a moment and double check everything you just did!


    If need be take a smoke and drink break



    Now once your sure everything is disconnected! You can start pulling the motor. Begin by slowly raise the arm on the engine hoist until the chains become taught and check to make sure that the chains are secure. Now lower the jack previously installed under the transmission and head back to the front of the car one last time. Continue raising the hoist arm until the engine mounts raise off of the front cross-member. Then slowly continue raising the motor until the bellhousing of the transmission almost touches the top of the transmission tunnel. At this point, pull backwards on your engine hoist and the engine and transmission will slide forward. Once again raise the motor further and repeat the previous step once the transmission nears the tunnel. Continue this raise/pull process until the entire transmission has cleared the tunnel and the whole motorset is high enough to clear the engine bay. Pull the engine hoist backwards and once the motorset clears the engine bay, slowly lower the arm until your old motor is resting peacefully on the ground.





    If for some unknown reason you missed the sensors on the transmission. Now is a good time to get those.


    With everything unplugged should be fairly straight forward what else needs to be done.








    There you go! You got you KA pulled. Your Done! Enjoy a "few" more beers.



    Just a basic guide, I take no responsibility if you hurt yourself or your motor. And i wanna thank Cale (Calehall0 and Wes (Wes) from 240atlanta for letting me document the motor pull! In the next few weeks ill be bringing you how to do a Clutch Swap. So stay tuned
    Last edited by SCato; 01-25-2009 at 03:06 AM.

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    good writeup. but you dont actually HAVE to remove the EFI harness from the engine itself. you can unbolt it from the ECU and pull the engine with it all connected. saves time and chance of breaking little connectors unplugging them.


    might i add that ive done this by myself. in around 2 hours.

    its a pain in the ass to do by yourself. i had to lift the hoist all the way up to get the engine to come out. lol...
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    true casey but im nick picky and dont want to risk breaking a sensor or plug so i remove the harness completely

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    It took us forever because we were having a good time joking around and getting drunk. But still only took 4 hours total. lol

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