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Old 02-12-2019, 09:49 PM   #1
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06 Base K20A3 Engine Swap Help

Hi, I have purchased a K20A3 (and clutch kit) to replace the K20A3 (and old clutch) currently in my base 06 RSX that has a cracked block. All of the sudden, the mechanic that was going to do it is too busy to do the swap anytime soon. The next best quote I got was $700 CAD more. So I started looking into doing it myself. I have some experience working on cars. I replaced the power steering rack, starter motor, and many other things on my 06 CTS. I searched this forum and only really found people swapping their A3s out for A2s or other superior engines.

So that brings me to my main question... Can I do this at home, in my garage, with my basic jack, hand tools, torque wrenches, etc. that I've used for all of my other fixes? Aside from needing to buy an engine crane and leveler.

I read through the engine replacement section of the shop manual in one of the stickies, and it was quite through, but that was using a lift and dropping the engine out the bottom by removing the subframe. Is this the best method even if you are just working out of your garage, or is it easier to lift it out the top?

My next question is what are the additional steps after getting the engine in and everything reconnected? I know I will need to change the oil, refill the coolant, and transmission fluid, but is there anything else? Do I need to tow it to a dealer to have the ECU reprogrammed or anything like that?

If I can do this myself, I will save about $2000, which is huge because I'm a college student. I have next week after midterms off and that would be a perfect time to do it if I can. Let me know any tips you know if you have done this, or any swap with the RSX in general.

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Most people drop the engine out of the bottom with the rsx. I've seen them use the engine hoist to lift the front end of the car rather than the engine. Just be careful not to bend your radiator mount.
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