Oil Pan Help

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Apr 27, 2014
Hi all,

The timing chain on my 97 lx450 broke and I am going to replace it myself. The oil pans have to come off and then put back on in order to replace the timing chain and in order to do that you need to lift the engine an inch or so to get the no.1 oil pan out and back in and my dilemma is that I don't have access to a lift or hoist to raise the engine that inch. I've searched mud for an answer and haven't been able to find one so for all you DIY'ers how have you done that without a lift or hoist?

You could always use a wide board accross the bottom of the pan and use a floor Jack to jack it up once it has been unbolted from the mounts. Then place some precut predrilled 2x4 or something under the mounts to maintain the gap while you remove the Jack. Not the safest or best way, but it's one way to do it if you don't have the right equipment. Or unbolt the motor mounts from the chassis, lash the trans to the cross member and Jack it up where the engine connects to the transmission. You will be at a mechanical disadvantage, which is why the trans really needs secured, otherwise you are likely to tear the trans isolator.
If you have one close I have lifted engines with a come-along hooked to a chain wrapped around a sound tree limb, at least 12 inch in diameter if hard wood tree. But you are only going to be putting a couple hundred Lbs. on it so it should be fine. Good Luck.! I have a hoist now, I was helping a friend.
4x4 about 2' long depending on how high you are . long way against the balancer . raise with floor jack

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