Originally Posted by Xterra Mike
i would never jack up the motor by the oil pan. Big NO NO!
This is very inaccurate. As long as you use a flat piece of wood (as stated in the write up) to distribute the weight evenly across the pan you will not hurt the oil pan... this technique has been used by mechanics for YEARS! When done properly there is no danger in doing this.
Also keep in mind this is not a method that should be used to raise the vehicle, but only when the motor mounts are being unbolted and to support the weight of the motor only! Do not try to lift your entire vehicle by the oil pan!