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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-14-2017, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Lifting the engine from the bottom?

Hey guys I am doing a cam swap in my g8 and I am at the point where I need to take off the oil pump and will most likely have to drop the pan and loosen the motor mounts. Can someone tell me where I can lift the engine with a jack but somehow not be on the oil pan? Maybe its a dumb question but I've never had to do this before.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-14-2017, 05:58 PM
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Use the transmission bell housing. Put a block under it and you'll be fine.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-14-2017, 06:58 PM
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Block of wood on transmission pan. It doesn't take much to wiggle the pan out.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-15-2017, 06:19 AM
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When I changed my oil pump for my cam swap, I very slowly and carefully jacked the engine/transmission up using two jacks. I used a floor jack with a 2x6 on the oil pan and a scissor jack with another 2x6 on the trans pan. I jacked up each a little bit at a time to minimize stress.

When I tried to jack up the engine just using the bell housing area, it felt like there was a bit too much stress in that area. By using the two jacks, it is slower but you cut the stress in half in any one area.

Also, if you can get the engine about 1 1/2 to 2 inches off of the mounts, this will allow the oil pan to come out very easily. When I did mine, I kept the engine up by putting a DOD lifter under each engine mount and while I was able to get the pan off, it was a bit tight.

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