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The trans to engine bolts were not that hard to get to on the manual. The trans is supported in the front and back. It is the engine you have to worry about supporting (if pulling the trans).
 

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They make mention of the 5 grove swap where applicable!

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Do you know which applications would come with a 5 rib belt. I have a leak at the balancer seal so I was going to get a 5 rib belt and put the original 5 rib balancer on to see if that stops the leak. Also what length? my current belt is a 5060555 (2011) and seemed to short - I ****** up one of my fingers trying to get the tensioner to move enough to get the belt on. The 2015s take an even shorter belt - 5060545 (-1 inch) which seems wrong. I looked into getting a 5050555 and that length does not exist. it goes from 545 to 547 to 551 to 565. I figured I would get a 5050565 unless anyone had and info or input on the matter.
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Was there ever a guide made for this swap?
I have a 2011 1.4L Eco Manual that I need to replace.
i can't imagine its anything harder than a engine pull.

i did an engine swap on a kia, and it was identical in complexity. detach trans, unbolt everything, lift out block.
 

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I did a swap from LUJ to LUV. The engine comes nicely out the top with an engine hoist, I even left the A/C compressor and alternator bolted to it for the pull and install. It was actually really easy, the only issue I can confirm is the MAP sensor from the LUV donor didn't agree with the ECU, so I just used the original MAP sensor.
 

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Hey, just a quick FYI for anyone needing this information, I figure someone will need this eventually.

I have a 2011 ECO that had no compression in #3 cylinder (I have not torn down this engine yet, so I don't know the exact failure, but I suspect a piston problem. This car is no longer under warranty, so I had to find an engine. After looking all over the internet for an answer as to whether I could swap in a LUV into this car, I just went ahead and tried it. I can report that my 2011 ECO now has a 2014 LUV engine in it, all I did was swap the intake and exhaust manifolds over from the LUJ. There are no issues with cam timing or anything else.

The reason I wanted to try a LUV engine was that I found one with 20K on it for super cheap. It was half the price of any LUJ, and the LUJs all had high mileage. Plus I didn't want to have another piston issue. Car runs like a champ. Zero issues.

Hopefully this information will help someone. There are a ton more LUVs on the road than LUJs, so it may be a better option for those with engine issues.
Hello. I know this is an old post but this information does help me out quite a bit. I do still have dome questions and would appreciate any help anyone can give me.

Basically the same thing here with me. I have a 2012 chevy cruze ltz rs luj and am needing to replace the engine. About the only thing I'm finding with lower miles and pricing is the luv. I'm looking at one right now out of a 2016 encore and was told by the seller that this engine will work for my vehicle.

I dont have a whole lot of knowledge about this stuff. I'm not replacing myself just trying to find a replacement for a shop to swap out for me.

If anyone can give me a little help I'd appreciate it. Will this motor actually work in my car, will the turbo from my 2012 swap over to the newer engine, mounting, wiring etc... gonna work.

Am I even looking at the right motor..if not what should I be looking for, and what would be a year range cut off.

I just don't want to run into any issues with getting the wrong motor. Happened once before on a transfer case I bought for a truck where I was told the one out of an 04 Yukon would work on my 01 Silverado but once I got everything mounted I figured out that the wiring for the actuator was different.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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I have a 2012 chevy cruze ltz rs LUJ and am needing to replace the engine.

I'm looking at [an LUV] right now out of a 2016 encore and was told by the seller that this engine will work for my vehicle.
This article is worth reading. It says the LUJ and LUV are identical.

If they are, that doesn't necessarily make it a guaranteed drop-in - there could still be some minor differences due to the source being an Encore - maybe a bracket somewhere, for example. Hopefully someone here more knowledgeable than I am can add to this.

Be sure to select the LUJ vs. LUV tab.

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Hello. I know this is an old post but this information does help me out quite a bit. I do still have dome questions and would appreciate any help anyone can give me.

Basically the same thing here with me. I have a 2012 chevy cruze ltz rs luj and am needing to replace the engine. About the only thing I'm finding with lower miles and pricing is the luv. I'm looking at one right now out of a 2016 encore and was told by the seller that this engine will work for my vehicle.

I dont have a whole lot of knowledge about this stuff. I'm not replacing myself just trying to find a replacement for a shop to swap out for me.

If anyone can give me a little help I'd appreciate it. Will this motor actually work in my car, will the turbo from my 2012 swap over to the newer engine, mounting, wiring etc... gonna work.

Am I even looking at the right motor..if not what should I be looking for, and what would be a year range cut off.

I just don't want to run into any issues with getting the wrong motor. Happened once before on a transfer case I bought for a truck where I was told the one out of an 04 Yukon would work on my 01 Silverado but once I got everything mounted I figured out that the wiring for the actuator was different.

Thanks in advance for any help.
My GF had a 2015 Encore and the differences that I noticed ( I was looking for a replacement engine at the time) was the oil filler stuck up higher from the valve cover and the AC compressor bracket blocked the coolant bolt access when trying to remove the turbo. If you re-use your accessories and intake manifold, you should not have an issue. Also, before you get rid of the old engine, keep some of the parts from it as spares - Valve cover, themostat/housing, right side water neck, cam phasers, etc.
 

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My questions before I swap in a LUV are:

1. Is the LUV prone to the same issues as the LUJ?

2. Was there an update to the Piston Rings or Pistons?

3. Is it a Ring Gap issue with them that causes #3 to go bad? I know that too small of ring gap is usually the cause of most turbocharged motor failures. The charge temp goes up and the rings expand and the tips touch, causing them to bind and break. Just the tip that's all it takes :rolleyes:
 

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My questions before I swap in a LUV are:

1. Is the LUV prone to the same issues as the LUJ?

2. Was there an update to the Piston Rings or Pistons?

3. Is it a Ring Gap issue with them that causes #3 to go bad? I know that too small of ring gap is usually the cause of most turbocharged motor failures. The charge temp goes up and the rings expand and the tips touch, causing them to bind and break. Just the tip that's all it takes :rolleyes:
1. Yes. All the same issues.
2. After 2011, yes. That was the most common year for piston failures.
3. Possibly, or preignition just takes em out. The broken pistons from Gen 1 look a lot like the Gen 2 ones when removed.
 

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1. Yes. All the same issues.
2. After 2011, yes. That was the most common year for piston failures.
3. Possibly, or preignition just takes em out. The broken pistons from Gen 1 look a lot like the Gen 2 ones when removed.
So if I retarded the timing a bit when / If I rebuild my current 1.4l, that sounds like it may help the problem.
This makes me just want to bite the bullet and figure out the LE2 swap idea I had.

Thanks for you Input! It's much appreciated
 

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So if I retarded the timing a bit when / If I rebuild my current 1.4l, that sounds like it may help the problem.
This makes me just want to bite the bullet and figure out the LE2 swap idea I had.

Thanks for you Input! It's much appreciated
No; the ECM controls the timing with dual camshaft VVT actuators.

It might be helpful to de-carbon the piston tops every 50,000 miles or so, though, and use a heat range "7" NGK plug (some years came with 6, some with 7). Even though they're port injection, it seems the 1.4T does like to build up a lot of carbon on the pistons - probably from the systemic PCV issues they all have that dumps oil into the intake.

You could also look into selecting an oil with proven LSPI protection if that is indeed what happens to the LUJ/LUV. I've been running Amsoil XL/SS in the Gen 2 just because I don't want to deal with having my factory motor taken apart by a dealership, whether it's under warranty or not.
 

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This post has some links and videos for swapping engines in the Cruze:

 

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Well, my cruze blew again - Replaced it with a Q7, now I'm going to figure out the LE2 swap or I might look into using the 2.0 from a Buick GS. The lowest on my list would be a LUV and tune it myself to be reliable. I'm not looking to race anybody or be any sort of fast, that's what the street rod is for. I have HPtuners and am familiar with tuning FI motors, so PCM swaps and custom "calibrations" aren't a problem. I'm open to suggestions, but my biggest concern is figuring out the physical mounting differences
 

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Well, my cruze blew again - Replaced it with a Q7, now I'm going to figure out the LE2 swap or I might look into using the 2.0 from a Buick GS. The lowest on my list would be a LUV and tune it myself to be reliable. I'm not looking to race anybody or be any sort of fast, that's what the street rod is for. I have HPtuners and am familiar with tuning FI motors, so PCM swaps and custom "calibrations" aren't a problem. I'm open to suggestions, but my biggest concern is figuring out the physical mounting differences
Cruzen2.0 - Part 1 (Initial Build)
Cruzen2.0 - Part 2 (Gradual Mods, Upgrades, and Repairs)
 

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Hey, just a quick FYI for anyone needing this information, I figure someone will need this eventually.

I have a 2011 ECO that had no compression in #3 cylinder (I have not torn down this engine yet, so I don't know the exact failure, but I suspect a piston problem. This car is no longer under warranty, so I had to find an engine. After looking all over the internet for an answer as to whether I could swap in a LUV into this car, I just went ahead and tried it. I can report that my 2011 ECO now has a 2014 LUV engine in it, all I did was swap the intake and exhaust manifolds over from the LUJ. There are no issues with cam timing or anything else.

The reason I wanted to try a LUV engine was that I found one with 20K on it for super cheap. It was half the price of any LUJ, and the LUJs all had high mileage. Plus I didn't want to have another piston issue. Car runs like a champ. Zero issues.

Hopefully this information will help someone. There are a ton more LUVs on the road than LUJs, so it may be a better option for those with engine issues.
How do u tell the difference between the 2? And will a2015 work in a 2012
 
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