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Obstructed pan bolts on 98 Mazda Protege


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mystic2
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Sep 27, 2014, 3:38 PM

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  post locked   Obstructed pan bolts on 98 Mazda Protege  

I've got my car up on jack stands to do a tranny fluid and filter change but it doesn't look to be as easy as I thought it would be. About 8 of the bolts are blocked by a crossmember...at least that's what I think it's called. I don't mind removing it but don't understand what purpose it serves and if the engine needs to be supported from above first before taking it off?
I could maybe get to the pan bolts with a universal joint but don't see any way to torque them down properly with the crossmember still in place.

Has anyone on here done a transmission fluid and filter change on this make/model? If you have, how did you do it?


mystic2
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Sep 30, 2014, 8:15 AM

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Moderator, you can go ahead and close this thread as solved. I did end up removing the crossmember because I found out that it does indeed support the engine. So I put my hydraulic jack and a section of 2x4 under and against the bottom of the engine oil pan to support the engine and removed the crossmember. After that, the tranny pan bolts where a piece of cake to get to.


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 30, 2014, 9:02 AM

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Glad you found how to gain access and thread is closed at your request,


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