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2 SpeedForSale.com s Installation Guide Series: Engine Removal and Reinstallation for 2009 GT-R HUNDREDS OF GT-R PERFORMANCE AND OEM PARTS CAN BE FOUND HERE: YOU CAN ALSO VIEW OUR STAGED POWER UPGRADES HERE: Article written by Jared Pink with the assistance of Chinchi Chiang. Article revised and converted to PDF by Jeremy Blackwell. Time: Varies depending on your equipment and experience. Expect more than 20 hours in full removal and reinstallation the first time you perform the job. Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult Description: This process outlines the installation steps required for removal and reinstallation of the GT-R's VR38DETT engine assembly. This guide outlines the steps that are taken if you remove the radiator core support when removing the engine. This is not required, but in this particular situation we had to remove it anyway for some other work we did, therefore we included the steps here. You can simply drop the engine out of the bottom of the car without removing the support/etc. Tools Needed: 8mm 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 17mm, 19mm sockets 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 17mm wrenches 45 degree pliers Ratchet 6 extension 45 degree pliers Blue thread lock (for reinstallation) Philips #2 screw driver Flat head screw driver Plastic pry tool Wheel socket A/C line special service tool R134 recovery machine
3 Preparation: Disconnect the battery. Raise and secure vehicle off the ground. A lift is obviously suggested, but not required. Allow the vehicle to sit at least one hour to allow it to cool. Step-by-step procedure: 1. Remove the intercooler pipes going to the throttle bodies by disconnecting the MAP sensor, using the pliers to remove the wire locating clips, and removing the two hoses from the air bypass valve. You will also need to loosen the clamps on the couplers at the throttle body and the hard pipe inside the fender.
5 2. Remove the engine grounding strap that goes from the body to the engine. Remove the 12mm bolt, and disengage the plastic locating tab.
6 3. Disconnect the MAF sensor connector, and harness locating tab. 4. Loosen the hose that goes to the turbo by using the 8mm socket. Once loose, slide the hose downward away from the air box.
7 5. Remove the 2 10mm bolts that hold the air box to the radiator core support.
8 6. Lifting at the rear, free the air box. 7. Remove the front lip under cover by removing the 10mm bolts concealed by the rubber covers, plastic clips, and the 2 12mm bolts. 8. Remove the center under cover by removing the 10mm bolts and plastic clips. 9. Remove the two front wheels too allow easier removal of the inner fender liners, remove the 1 phillips screw and all plastic clips. When removing, you may have to bend the liner slightly to clearance the axel and brake lines.
10 10. Remove the front side markers by using the plastic pry tool and gently pressing inward on the metal lock clip. You can either disconnect the bulb connector or remove the socket from the bulb housing.
12 11. Remove the radiator panel by removing the plastic clips.
13 12. Remove the 5 bumper plastic clips 13. Using a quality painters tape, tape the bumper and the fender along the seam to protect against scratches. 14. Remove the 4 10mm bolts that hold the bumper. Once removed, holding the corners of the bumper, pull outward firmly to disengage the clips holding the bumper. Carefully slide the bumper forward and away from the vehicle.
15 15. Disconnect electrical connectors from the headlights, also remove the locating tabs for the headlights. 16. Remove the 10mm bolts that are holding the bumper locating bracket. This is directly beneath the headlight. (It has been remove in this picture) 17. Remove the 10mm bolts that secure the headlights to the car. Carefully lift away. 18. Remove the wiring harness clips from the front support beam. Disconnect the horns, and the AC high pressure switch. Also remove the hood latch cable retaining clips.
17 19. Remove the bumper support bracket removing 6 10mm bolts
18 20. Remove the air snorkels by removing the plastic lock clip 21. Disconnect the hood latch cable from the latches. Push inward towards the engine on the plastic lock that holds the cable to the latch.
19 22. Using a 10mm wrench remove the lower lip support from the crash beam. Gently bend the support away from the stud.
20 23. Remove crash beam by removing 8 12mm bolts. Once removed pull outward. 24. Remove all 10mm bolts that holds the support. The hood latch should only have the two nearest the engine removed. (The picture shows 1 already removed). There are two bolts at the bottom near the intercooler hard pipe bolt that are commonly missed. There is also one bolt behind the A/C condenser piping that needs to be removed. Also remove the 2 bolts holding the power steering cooler.
23 25. Remove intercooler piping from the intercooler. 26. Remove the intercooler assembly from the vehicle by first pulling the right outwards (vehicle right, beside the oil cooler). As the piping clears the cooler the left side can be pulled outward and the entire assembly removed from the vehicle. 27. Remove the air shroud by removing 4 plastic lock connectors.
24 28. Remove the wire harness locating tabs that connect to the oil cooler brackets. 29. Loosen the oil lines by removing 4 10mm nuts from the base of the cooler. Oil will leak at this point so have a catch pan ready. 30. Remove the 2 10mm bolt that holds the oil lines in place. 31. Remove the 3 10mm bolts that attach the lower support to the body. 32. Remove the 2 10mm bolts from the upper bracket and remove the cooler from the vehicle
25 33. Recover the refrigerant in the A/C system with approved recovery machine. 34. Disconnect the 2 AC condenser lines using the special service tool. If the tool is not available, you can gently depress the spring using several mini screw drivers. This method should be used as a last resort. Once the lines are removed, tape over them to protect them. 35. Remove the 2 12mm bolts and one 10mm bolt from each side of the AC condenser support bracket/hood support bracket. 36. Remove the two 10mm bolts that secure the condenser to the radiator. 37. Once removed, pull the top of the condenser outwards, and then up. 38. Drain the engine coolant by removing the drain plug 39. Remove the upper radiator and lower radiator hose. 40. Remove the right side air filter box to allow clearance to move the power steering cooler.
26 41. Remove the 10mm bolt that secures the power steering cooler lines. Push the rubber insulator from the front radiator core support.
28 42. Turn the upper radiator locks as shown on each one to release the top of the radiator.
29 43. Tilt the top of the radiator outward and lift free from the vehicle. 44. Follow the wire harness and disconnect all locating tabs. 45. Remove the upper fill adapter for the window washer jug by removing the plastic lock clip and lifting upwards.
30 46. Remove the two electrical connectors from the pump and fluid level sensor. Also remove the locating tabs. 47. Remove the hose from the pump. Use a catch can as the fluid will drain. 48. Remove the 10mm bolts and remove the washer jug from the vehicle. 49. Remove the 4 10mm bolts from the frame support bracket that goes to the radiator core support. (there are 2 on each side)
31 50. Remove the radiator overflow bottle by removing the hoses and 2 10mm bolts on each side. 51. Disconnect the electrical connectors and locating tabs on the cooling fan shroud.
32 52. Remove 2 10mm nuts from the air bag sensor. It is easier to remove the sensor then risk damaging it while disconnecting it. When this is reinstalled, use blue thread lock.
33 53. Unbolt the power steering cooler lines from the radiator support, and disconnect the power steering cooler line coming from the steering rack (indicated by finger in picture)
34 54. Disconnect the power steering feed line from the pump. Use several rags to catch any fluid that would leak.
35 55. Remove the front impact beam mounting bracket bolts. (4 12 mm bolts) 56. Remove the 3 14mm bolts at each shock tower. Note the bolt with the large fender washer goes closest to the shock when reinstalling.
36 57. Remove the final 12mm bolts holding the support to the frame rail. 58. Carefully slide the support forward and away from the vehicle. 59. Remove the engine plastic covers by removing the plastic locking tabs. You will also need to remove the wiper arms by removing the decorative cap and then the 14mm nut. 60. Remove the large hose going to the emissions air pump. Once disconnected pull into the engine bay.
37 61. Remove the glove box from inside the vehicle (see guide) and disconnect the engine harness. Have a friend guide the wires as you pull them into the engine bay. Disengage the lock tabs from the fire wall. Remove the 4 10m nuts from the wire harness plate at the engine fire wall. Once removed place the harness into the engine bay.
38 62. Remove the fuel lines by squeezing the tabs gently and pulling away from the metal line. It is advisable to have a rag around them to prevent fuel spray.
39 63. Remove the Purge evaporative emissions line.
40 64. Disconnect the shock electronic adjustment wires. Remove the power harnesses from the battery. Remove the 2 12mm nuts, and then slowly work around the cowl removing the locking tabs from the body.
41 65. Remove 10mm bolt that secures the AC line to the frame. Also remove the 12mm nut on the other AC line. Make sure to wrap these lines with tape to prevent contamination. (see pictures.)
43 66. Remove two heater core hoses. Refer to the pictures.
45 67. Remove ABS speed sensor harness from the body.
46 68. Disconnect the rubber brake line from the body where the hard line meets it. 69. Remove the mid pipe. 70. Remove the frame support by removing 6 12mm bolts.
47 71. Lock the steering wheel in place inside the vehicle so that it can not turn. From underneath remove the 12mm lock bolt on the steering shaft where it connects to the power steering rack.
48 72. Disconnecting transmission cooler lines. 73. Remove the engine drive shaft going to the transmission and the driveshaft going to the front differential (Loosen the driveshaft bolts where they meet the transmission first, or else nothing will hold them still to allow removal.) 74. Loosen the upper coil over bolts from the body. Also remove the upper ball joint by removing the 14 mm bolt and nut. 75. Remove the sway bar end links to allow the front sway bar to swing clear of the front cradle bolts. 76. Support the engine cradle on either several high strength jack stands, or a cradle made for the GT-R. Once secure, remove the 2 nuts, and 4 bolts that hold the cradle to the body. 77. Slowly lift the vehicle free of the engine, paying close attention that nothing has gotten caught. 78. Installation of the engine is reverse of removal. So, just start here and work your way backward through this installation manual.
49 79. Once the engine is installed, add about 5.5-6qts of Mobil 1 engine oil (or oil of choice) 0w Fill with coolant using qts of genuine OEM Nissan long life coolant. 81. Top off power steering fluid using Nissan power steering fluid. 82. Bleed vehicle brakes using either Nissan GTR brake fluid or Motul RBF 600 or equivalent fluid. 83. Start the engine and allow vehicle to idle. Confirm there are no leaks. Allow vehicle to reach operating temperature with the heater on. Shut vehicle off. Observe engine oil level and coolant level and correct as needed. NOTE: When hot, cooling systems operate at high pressure, and when opened while hot will erupt and spray everywhere. This will cause severe burns or death, SO DO NOT OPEN THE COOLING SYSTEM WHEN HOT!