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Engine Jacking point - 2002, 2.4L, non-Turbo

 
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Old 23 Jan 2017, 08:49 pm
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Default Engine Jacking point - 2002, 2.4L, non-Turbo

Soon I'll be at that point in replacing my timing belt where I'll need to jack my engine up in the engine compartment. I've read references of placing a 2x under the oil pan and jacking the engine from there. But the oil pan is cast aluminum as far as I can tell. Is that really strong enough or is there a better recommended place to jack at? I'll also be replacing both engine mounts.

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Old 23 Jan 2017, 10:17 pm
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I would suggest also replacing the center mount. Some members have had to take it apart again when the center mount goes bad.

Are you going to replace the water pump?
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Old 23 Jan 2017, 10:53 pm
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Soon I'll be at that point in replacing my timing belt where I'll need to jack my engine up in the engine compartment. I've read references of placing a 2x under the oil pan and jacking the engine from there. But the oil pan is cast aluminum as far as I can tell. Is that really strong enough or is there a better recommended place to jack at? I'll also be replacing both engine mounts.

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Use a block of wood on top of your jack and lift and lower it favoring the passenger side of the oil pan. You'll will be lifting and lowering several times.

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Old 24 Jan 2017, 06:33 am
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To lift favoring the passenger side would imply wood blocks under the oil pan, so I guess that will work. Thank you.

If by center mount you mean the engine mount on the passenger side, yes, I'll be replacing that, both torque struts and the transmission mount on the driver side, as well as the water pump, belt tensioner, crankshaft seal and both other belts.

It's interesting to hear of others being able to complete this job in a day. I've been on it several days, of and on, and am only just now getting to the timing belt. Guess I couldn't make a career out of this.

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At least you're taking your time and not rushing through it, like some have tried with not so good results. Do a search and you'll find some very good write-ups on how to go about changing the timing belt. The main thing I've noticed is that the exhaust cam(rear of engine) should be 1/2 tooth below the intake cam on the timing marks. That way, when the tensioner takes up the slack, it pulls the exhaust cam into perfect alignment with the intake cam. And remember to crank the engine and let it run for a few seconds before putting it all back together. You can start it without the cover on and no harm will come to it. THEN, when you're happy with it, button it all back together.
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Thank you. I appreciate the advice.

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How can you tell if the center mount goes out?
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Old 26 Jan 2017, 07:52 am
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How can you tell if the center mount goes out?
If this question is directed at me, I don't know how you would know. In my case both torque struts, which are easily viewed, were in very bad shape. They are both not difficult to replace and if the previous owner didn't replace what was not difficult to replace he/she most likely didn't replace the center mount which is considerably more difficult to replace.

Besides, I'm in there anyway. Might as well replace everything I can get to, which is why I'll be replacing the water pump, tensioner, crank seal, transmission mount, torque struts and the center mount as well as the timing belt and related. I would hate to have to do all this again a few months down the road.

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Make dam sure you unplug the ac, there is a plug on the top of the ac compressor and one on the back of the ac clutch. I snapped mine off when jacking up the engine, luckily I was able to fix it.
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Old 28 Jan 2017, 09:56 pm
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Make dam sure you unplug the ac, there is a plug on the top of the ac compressor and one on the back of the ac clutch. I snapped mine off when jacking up the engine, luckily I was able to fix it.
Thanks very much for this! I had forgotten the plug to the A/C clutch. I'll take care of it tomorrow.

It's embarrassing how long this is taking me.
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