The Bentley book calls for removing the engine mount bolts and lifting the engine slightly, then removing the mount. Is this really necessary? Is there any way to perform this procedure without lifting the engine or removing the mount? My choices are either buy a hoist to do this, or pay the dealer to do the job. Before I go to the trouble & expense of buying a hoist (which I could use on other jobs too) I want to know if there's any other way to do this. Thanks all.
(read completely before trying anything) well take a look at your motor. If you see that the mount is well in the way of getting the old belt off, and the new belt on then its a problem. But there is an easier way then a hoist. (what i would do, not saying you should, its just what i would do.) Put a jack under the oil pan but dont JACK IT UP!, Put wood on the jack (soft) with something like card board (THE SIZE of the oil pan, and softly push it up but make sure your not denting the oil pan etc. then remove the mount. I take no responsibility if you damage your motor. Im just saying what i would do. Then again i got a hoist. There like 100 bucks at some places. I got mine on ebay, its also not recommened to jack engine up by oil pan, so do as your heart please. Im just trying to help out.
Thanks for the suggestion. I've seen many references to raising the motor a bit using a block of wood on the oil pan. However, I'm very worried about placing a load on the oil pan and potentially damaging the motor.
When the time comes, I'll probably just use a hoist.
I need to buy one anyway, they're handy to have around.
Thanks again for your input.
I've done the job before on mine, the passenger side mount absolutely needs to come off, the belt encircles it. I very carefully jacked it up by the pan with a block of wood with a thick rubber pad on top cushioning the pan from the jack. Only half of the engines weight is carried by the pan if you are to jack the engine as the other mount is carrying the other half of the load. I had no issues, but do this at your own risk. Take care.