Removing and re-installing a Duratec engine -- new guide

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Removing and re-installing a Duratec engine -- new guide

Having recently completed this exercise in order to get my gearbox out for its rebuild, I thought it might help other Duratec owners if I were to record the steps I went through.

These are now set out in a newly published Technical Guide

Comments, suggestions, brickbats welcome...

JV

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Great work John.  Very helpful, very clear, very useful - well done! 

James

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Good explanation on 'how to' JV.

For those with a dry sump there is of course extra work. I found that the thinnest foam pipe insulation is excellent protection for the top angled chassis bars.

What about these 'extras' ?  Inspect & replace engine mount & gearbox rubbers, clutch, clutch release bearing & slave cylinder as necessary.  For the hidden components it would be a mistake not to then have to remove the engine/box combo again.

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Thank you for your kind words, James.

Good points, Geoff.  I'll add something about foam, and also re your extras.  I inspected mounts and rubbers, but didn't inspect the clutch as it was replaced in toto only 13K miles ago.  Perhaps I should have?

JV

 

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Excellent. Congratulations.

How about listing tools near the top?

Jonathan

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Good idea, Jonathan.  That'll be a memory test as well.

JV

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Just to mention, ensuring clearance for engine hoist around front Axle stands can be tricky. Certainly on my CSR which is an SV. 

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Nice one JV

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Very good John.  I would always disconnect the battery after removing the bonnet and nose cone as a 1st step.

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And that the crane, the lifting eyes and the torque wrench can be borrowed:
https://www.caterhamlotus7.club/guides/parts-accessories-and-spares/equipment-loan-register

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Re #7:  Interesting point, David.  Would a single central stand work with a CSR?  I was thinking that there's a vertical chassis member there?   I guess that wouldn't be such a good idea on an S3.

Re #8: Thanks, Alan!

Re #9: Thanks, Nick.  I'll include that.

JV