I’m changing out the oil pan gasket on my 1979 Toyota Celica (RWD).
The FSM says to (in this order) remove the (8) motor mount bolts from the engine block and THEN support the tranny with a jack and raise the engine about 1 inch via the jack.
I placed a jack under the tranny bell housing (with wood in between) and started loosening the bolts. I noticed the bolts getting harder to remove. Sure enough, the engine started to drop slightly, until resting on the wood/jack…
So, my question is: Is it safe to jack engine up from the front of the transmission? I didn’t remove the engine bolts fully, and wonder what would happen if I did. There IS a cross member under the front of the engine (hence lifting 1 inch before oil pan removal). There is a spot near the alternator where I can place another jack (and clear the pan).
I would like to assume that following the FSM would not get me into trouble. Or, should I get that nice $69 engine support bar from Harbor Freight and use the hook on top of the engine for support?