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Old 01-05-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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Replacing passenger mount tomorrow..

I am going to replace the passenger motor mount tomorrow and it seems like a straightforward task, the only concern I have is with raising/supportingthe engine for this. What is the bes way to do this? Ive read that you shouldn't jack the oil pan directly just support it there. What is the safest way to do it? I have a floor jack and jack stand to work with, im sure I could find a block of wood if its completely necessary. Thanks!

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You can get a 2x4 or something "soft" that will evenly span the weight, you want to move the pressure from just the center flat part of the pan and to the vertical sides. Remember you just need to provide a little lift and support. You will still have the transmission mount and the driver side mount. The most ideal may be to use the hooks on the motor and use an engine hoist but as long as your just supporting the motor going from below should be fine.
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I found it easier to do he passenger mount without jack stands. Just use jack and wood like Magus suggested. That way engines level when you replace. I always mark the bracket to the body in a few places because you'll see the bracket has enlarged holes and the marks will help center when reinstalling.
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First make sure you have the right part. We've had some discrepancies- but those were with Duratec engines, so you should be ok.

I have personally found that scissor jacks, like the supplied emergency jack that comes with the car, are easier to use for motor mount changes because those jack straight up. Bottle jacks would work also, but your typical rolling floor jack jacks up and back towards the handle at the same time. This causes minor alignment problems, and so you might end up having to nudge the motor around to get bolts and the mount to line up. You will still need to use some sort of wood block to span the sides of the oil pan. Think of the oil pan like a big cardboard box you wanted to walk on. The edges will hold you up, but you will fall if you step in the center. If you span the sides, then the weight is distributed to the sides where it will hold.

I don't know how the Zetec mount bolts in, if there is a vertical installed bolt like on the transmission mount that holds the mount between 2 brackets, it is best to be sure that the bolt is not pulling the 2 parts together. You must jack or lower the engine slightly to take stress off that bolt to tighten it.
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Thank you for the input everyone, I replaced it this morning and it runs much smoother!
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