Engine support during motor mount swap
I am asking for advice on the best (safest) way to support the weight of the 4.0L HO engine in my '99 XJ in order to replace the motor mount.
According to the FSM, it simply states to "support the engine", which in and of itself is not terribly helpful.
I checked the Hanes manual I have, and it states to use a floor jack and a piece of wood, to spread out the force, and to lift the engine via the oil pan enough to take tension off of the engine to unbolt the mount and replace it.
That sounds like the detail I need, but honestly I do not feel real comfortable supporting part of the engine on the oil pan. Can the oil pan really take that kind of stress without cracking?
My question is, has anyone else supported the engine this way or found another, safer, location to use a floor or bottle jack?
Thanks for any advice you have.