It's kind like replacing motherboards and pcb boards but more screws and connectors involved and have to tighten it all to spec. On youtube there are plenty of engine replacement videos. It's "easy" if you done it before but it is very time consuming jobThis brings up the main concern I have about this whole thing. Toyota is going to fix it for free - great. They are going to fix it by replacing the entire engine - great, but also scary. An engine replacement was quoted as a 16 hour job by someone earlier in this thread and obviously sound really complicated. However, I am wondering if it could be a blessing in disguise. Is it possible that a full engine swap could actually be easier and less error prone versus changing out parts of an engine? Here's my analogy - imagine you had to repair an audio/video amplifier. You have the option of unscrewing the whole PCB/motherboard from the case and swapping in an entirely new unit or you have a repair that needs to desolder some delicate surface mount components, wires, capacitors, etc. Which one is harder? I think unplugging some connectors and swapping in an entirely new populated board seems much easier.
I am obviously not a mechanic but can someone who has experience with cars chime in? Is an engine swap possibly considered an 'easy' job; something that might actually take less skill than replacing a major part of the engine?