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Old 03-03-2011, 08:27 AM   post #1 of 16
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Default Cheapest way to lift engine out of 318

Fellas,
I'm planning to change the oil filter adapter. Apparently, I need to remove the engine to do so. I don't have an engine hoist.
Is it too heavy to lift?
What is the cheapest way to lift it?
Anyway I can change the filter adapter without removing the engine?
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:30 AM   post #2 of 16
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I don't think it would need a lift to be removed. You and a strong friend should be able to handle it.
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might be able to take the mounting bolts off and tip it. not too heavy, like 150 lbs.
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Can the tins be removed without removing the engine?
Service manual says to remove engine.
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Can the tins be removed without removing the engine?
Service manual says to remove engine.
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Yes tins can be removed without removing engine. Maybe try that first before yanking the engine out.
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If you have to pull the engine, you can use a come-along attached to the roof rafters in your garage. Run a 4x4 across two or more rafters, sling a chain over it, and attach the come-along to that. It's not ideal, but it's not bad in a pinch.
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all can be removed except the one covering the flywheel
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you could do it the redneck way and use a good, strong yet flexible tree limb lol lol
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I have yanked a few heavier engines out of mowers and I have always used the same method. I get myself and one of my roommates and we do it old school; with our own hands. It is cheap, effective, gets the job done, and you feel like a man afterwards. Just my 2 cents worth... good luck with your project
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It's the putting it back in that will be the issue. Unless you remove the shaft to the hydrostatic pump and put it in from underneath. If you're going under it, take the shaft off first before removing the engine and the engine will be much easier to take out and put back in. Good luck with your tins, I hope they will come off for you!
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:50 PM   post #11 of 16
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I have yanked a few heavier engines out of mowers and I have always used the same method. I get myself and one of my roommates and we do it old school; with our own hands. It is cheap, effective, gets the job done, and you feel like a man afterwards. Just my 2 cents worth... good luck with your project
Yep, when I was in College I was old school also on most everything. 8 of us lifted a VW and carried it up 10 steps to a Court Yard!
30 years later, I should have done a bunch the easy way instead of manhandling stuff!
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Considering the cost of Chiropractors, Doctors, physical therapy, time lost from the job and wound dressings. Along with dropped and broken engine, damage to tractor or other objects in the general vicinity as well as reprimands and sneers from SWMBO I'd guess the cheapest way would be to rent an engine hoist for a day or two.

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I pull mine out with a $13 dollar come-along attached to a 2x4 truss in my garage. It can easily be pulled with 2 guys by hand. I do find it easier to work on hung up though because you can twist, turn and get under it easily.
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I pull them out all the time by hand, by myself. They are not as bad as a CH26 fuel injected Kohler, that is one heavy son of a b!%($
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I replaced the gasket under the oil filter adapter on my 318 without pulling the engine. It can be done. It isn't easy, but certainly possible. I had all tins removed to do it.

In the pic below (from when I did a valve adjustment and carbon cleaning), you can see the oil filter (in lower left) and top bolt attaching the housing to the engine block. Remove the filter and then you can get to the lower bolt pretty easily.

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