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Old 12-01-2004, 06:01 PM   #1
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My water pump went on my 93. After spending some time on it, it looks like I'm going to have to remove the torque axis mount. What is a good location to jack the engine from? I read the tech article here on the forum that recommended you jack from the oil pan. Did I get that correct? I was afraid to jack the oil pan today, didn't think it would support the engine. Any ideas would be great.
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Get a 2x4 and or 2x6 wood.. so the weight is distributed more evenly across the whole pan.. I have done it.. you don't need to jack it up that much.. as there'* still other mounts that support the weight.. so it'* not as if you're putting the WHOLE engine weight on it.. unless you have a cherry picker.. this is the next best thing
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As long as you spread the weight jacking at the pan is fine. It doesn't seem like it (I was scared the first time too) but that little joker is stronger than you think. My whole engine was picked up and set down on the oil pan dozens of times, even driven around in the back of a truck on it. I'm not sure I'd try it with the transmission attached though, but then again I'm a scaredy cat..
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yea i used a 2x6 on the tranny pan to jack up the engine remove the mount to get to the WP perfectally fine
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yea i used a 2x6 on the tranny pan to jack up the engine remove the mount to get to the WP perfectally fine
dood !! The tranny pan ??

Wow.. I was worried when I did it too.. but I thought the tranny pan were pretty flimsy compared to oil pan unless you braced them both...

If that works.. ( hopefully I won't have to do it anytime soon ) maybe I will find a way to brace both pans to jack it up next time if I have to
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Off topic but where in Virginia are you?
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yea i used a 2x6 on the tranny pan to jack up the engine remove the mount to get to the WP perfectally fine
dood !! The tranny pan ??

Wow.. I was worried when I did it too.. but I thought the tranny pan were pretty flimsy compared to oil pan unless you braced them both...

If that works.. ( hopefully I won't have to do it anytime soon ) maybe I will find a way to brace both pans to jack it up next time if I have to
yea i braced them both
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The oil pan is plenty strong to support the whole engine as long as the weight is divided semi-evenly. I mean, you don't have to use the whole oil pan, but don't just put a jack on it. I would use at least a 2X4, preferably a 2X6 though to lift it up, and make sure the wood is long enough to span across the whole pan. I know people set engines on the oil pans for storage often. Its designed the support the weight of the engine...just not the whole car.

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My water pump went on my 93. After spending some time on it, it looks like I'm going to have to remove the torque axis mount. What is a good location to jack the engine from? I read the tech article here on the forum that recommended you jack from the oil pan. Did I get that correct? I was afraid to jack the oil pan today, didn't think it would support the engine. Any ideas would be great.
I was always nervous doing it too.

So, what I do is take a 2x6 on end and slip it NEXT to the oil pan on the passenger so that the wood is on edge against the block, but next to the pan for alignment. Then jack up the wood. That way you're only jacking up the block. It'* probably me just being anal...but it'* one of those "feel better" situations!
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Off topic but where in Virginia are you?
Leesburg

Thanks for all the help guys.
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