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Old 07-24-2020, 11:00 AM   #1
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I have a pretty tight garage so cant fit the car in along with an engine crane.

Once the engine has been removed from the car, is there any thing stopping the car being manually rolled out of the way? I assume the transmission mounts can hold the gearbox ok?

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What can stop you?

- Leaving the transmission in gear
- Leaving the parking brake on
- Leaving the garage door closed
- Not clearing a path behind the car

Other than that, you should be fine and yes, the transmission mounts will hold the transmission in place as long as you tighten up the bolts.
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Old 07-24-2020, 12:34 PM   #3
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Other than that, you should be fine and yes, the transmission mounts will hold the transmission in place as long as you tighten up the bolts.

Thanks for confirmation, I've never pulled a Subaru engine before, so just wanted to check that removing the jack from under the transmission with no engine supporting it wont cause something unexpectedly bad to happen.
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:15 AM   #4
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There are some engine support bars that rest on the inside of the fenders that are used for this exact situation. You can find them at Harbor Freight if you have them near you. You can move the car but I would not let the trans sag for too long or you will eventually kill the trans mount, but for a few mins it should be just fine.
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There are some engine support bars that rest on the inside of the fenders that are used for this exact situation. You can find them at Harbor Freight if you have them near you. You can move the car but I would not let the trans sag for too long or you will eventually kill the trans mount, but for a few mins it should be just fine.
Thanks for your input - I'll look into the support bars. Otherwise I can probably put the scissor jack under the transmission if I need to sit the car without the transmission for a day or two.
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I'll look into the support bars. Otherwise I can probably put the scissor jack under the transmission if I need to sit the car without the transmission for a day or two.
You don't need these or the scissor jack. And if you did use a jack, I definitely would NOT use a scissor jack. Those are for emergencies only.

All you need to do is both the transmission cross members back into place and they will hold the transmission just fine with zero issues.

The transmission is not supported by the engine. It is supported by the transmission cross braces.
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You don't need these or the scissor jack. And if you did use a jack, I definitely would NOT use a scissor jack. Those are for emergencies only.

All you need to do is both the transmission cross members back into place and they will hold the transmission just fine with zero issues.

The transmission is not supported by the engine. It is supported by the transmission cross braces.
From what I can see there is just the one cross brace on the gc8 which has a cushion mount where all force is through 2 rubber blocks (part 41022AA320). A 20 year old one might not handle abnormal stretching forces too well if the front of the transmission isn't held at the usual height and offset with the engine bay.

The scissor jack would just be used to prop the front of the transmission up to the same height as when its connected to the engine. I would only use the scissor jack as it wont have any overnight sag like a hydraulic jack might and can be fine adjusted unlike engine stands.
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