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We have a 2010 Kia Soul 2.0. Had almost 200,000 miles on it and it has been an awesome car! We bought a "refurbished" engine with 74,000 miles to swap out the old engine...now hubby and brother (both pretty experienced with car work) have the old engine almost ready to come out, but cannot get the engine and transmission to separate. There is no room to get to the bolts to separate the engine from the transmission...took the starter off, but they are saying it looks like they are going to have to remove the entire subframe, axles, etc. to drop the engine and transmission down, then separate everything and put it all back in with new engine...any thoughts on how to not have to drop both the engine and the transmission?! Help please!!!! Thank you

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That is the way the powertrain is supposed to be removed, as one unit, and dropped down under the vehicle.
Hope you have a hoist to put the car up on.
Very difficult to do without the proper set up. I'm sure you will be able to work it out.
Best to study up a bit on FWD vehicle powertrain removal.
I'm sure a video exists somewhere on youtube that will help you.
Once the powertrain is removed you can seperate the transaxle from the engine without too much trouble.
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I know somebody that had to raise the front of the car very high in the air (in his driveway), with 4x4's and jack stands, to take the subframe out from a Ford Taurus (with the engine/transmission). The rear bumper was almost touching the ground. The Soul is a shorter car, easier to lift.
Easier to do when the rear is higher on ramps to start with.
Very dangerous without heavy duty jack stands.

So it goes...

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since you are going to drop the engine out to get to the transaxle during this process, it would be an excellent time to pull the timing cover, and replace the timing chain and guides while you are in there. Same for thermostat, oil pump, belts and hoses. If it's a manual transaxle be sure to replace the throwout bearing and clutch actuator too.

Do it once, do it right.
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