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Removing 2.2 Engine from 2002 Cavalier
Monday, April 22, 2019 12:11 PM
Is it possible to discconect the engine from the transmission and pull it out from the top, or do I have to drop the transmission and engine together through the bottom? Which of course also means I have to remove a sub frame if I am not mistaken?

Any good sites showing how this is done?

Trevor

Re: Removing 2.2 Engine from 2002 Cavalier
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 5:31 AM
Believe it or not, puling the valve cover makes it doable to pull it out the top.



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Re: Removing 2.2 Engine from 2002 Cavalier
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:58 AM

I have wondered the same thing. I don't know what the typical life expectancy is for my engine (or transmission for that matter), but sometimes I wonder what I would do if the timing chain breaks or the engine blows up.
Re: Removing 2.2 Engine from 2002 Cavalier
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:03 AM
Dean Johnson wrote:

I have wondered the same thing. I don't know what the typical life expectancy is for my engine (or transmission for that matter), but sometimes I wonder what I would do if the timing chain breaks or the engine blows up.


If you upgraded to the new tensioner I wouldn't worry about it. If you didn't, I would suggest doing that now as it's less than 40 bucks. It's on the back of the head so all you have to do is remove the valve cover and tie the chain to the gears while the old tensioner is removed. 32mm socket.



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Re: Removing 2.2 Engine from 2002 Cavalier
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:50 AM

"new tensioner" ? Is there a TSB or recall I don't know about? Wow do I have enough problems without adding another thing to worry about on the mountain.
Re: Removing 2.2 Engine from 2002 Cavalier
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:16 AM
Dean Johnson wrote:

"new tensioner" ? Is there a TSB or recall I don't know about? Wow do I have enough problems without adding another thing to worry about on the mountain.


If you haven't done this I suggest doing it immediately. Once it's done you never have to worry about the timing chain again... unless it breaks a front guide bolt. The old tensioner works primarily on spring pressure and there is no snap ring to hold the tensioner tip onto the spring. This tip then falls off and causes the chain to lose tension and eventually the chain skips time. This is the reason for most of the early ecotecs being in the junkyard. You can feel the back of the cylinder head on the passenger side for the tensioner to determine if it is the new or old style. It looks like a 32mm bolt head. The old tensioner head is thin and flat. The new style is thicker and has a big bump in the middle. If you feel the bump, you're good to go.


Here are easy instructions on how to replace the tensioner and which one you should get. It's for a 2.0 LSJ ecotec but the process is 99.9% the same for the 2.2 l61 in our cars:

Tensioner replacement instructions



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Re: Removing 2.2 Engine from 2002 Cavalier
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:18 AM
As a side note, I always "activate" the tensioner before installing it and just thread it in like that. I don't like the idea of hitting it with a wrench and hoping to hear it pop out.



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