Question about 1996 Nissan 300ZX
The mounts can be a pain because of how and where they're located (believe me though, it's worse on a TT because the turbos and hardware are right in the way). With some dexterity, you can do it one side at a time with the engine in the car.
You'll want the car in the air, preferably on ramps, with a jack to support the engine. You're on track with raising the engine, and you will be able to do so at least to some extent. There is no flexpipe section on the Z's exhaust, so you will be limited in what you can do - you won't be able to move the engine very much, because the only play in the exhaust's movement is what is allowed by the hangers. You could unbolt the catback section from the cats/resonators, and that will gain you some movement as well.
To get a little more of a clear shot at the top nuts, use a swivel and long extensions to reach down, and on the passenger side of the intake plenum you'll see some connectors on a bracket bolted to the side of the plenum. These are connections for the passenger side oxygen sensor and for the AIV system. You can unbolt that bracket and move it and the connectors out of the way, and maybe you'll get a little more room to work. On the driver's side it's not so easy because the main bulk of the engine bay harness runs down that side, tucked just under the edge of the plenum, and it runs very close to the fender. Still, you may be able to gain a little room by unbolting the fuel filter and its bracket from the fender and pulling them out of the way. Again, swivels and long sockets will help.
If you want to do some disassembly, you could pull the radiator and front bumper off the car (neither are very tough to do), and working around the AC condenser, you might be able to reach in from the front to access the top nuts. It's probably going to be less hassle though to do as you are, and try to reach them from above.
Hopefully this will work for you - let me know if you have any other ideas you want to bounce around and I'll try to handle them as best I can.
Posted on Jan 10, 2009
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Q. Where is the starter on a 1986 nissan stanza station wagon and how do you get to it ?
Due to limited access to the starter, it is recommended that the transaxle be removed when servicing the starter.
1. Cold vehicle.
Remove 2 mounting bracket bolts, 10 & 12 mm (Figure 1).
Remove top starter motor bolt 14 mm with universal & long extensions.
Raise vehicle on hoist.
Remove front splash pans 10 mm.
Automatic transmission: Drain 2 qts out.
Remove rt-ft wheel 21 mm., & tie rod (Figure 3), axle cap, cotter pin, adj-nut & rubber washer.
Remove ball joint nuts 17 mm., left lower control arm 19mm. & swaybar bracket 14 mm. (Fig 2).
Remove axle nut 36mm (Figure 4), the front tube, catalytic converter heat insulators 10mm, ctr ex-tube 17 mm., and front tube from exhaust system (Figure 5).
Remove long bolt from ft engine mount (next to radiator), 17mm socket (Figure 6, Item A).
Remove tension rod mount 14 mm. Has adj-bracket with rubber insulators (Fig 6, Items B, C).
Remove right side drive shaft bolts that hold shaft to bracket mounted on engine (Fig7) 12mm.
CAUTION: Transaxle side seals are cut by spline teeth.
Install hoist type transmission jack and wooden block under the transmission/engine. Be certain the transmission is safely balanced on the hoist.
Remove 5 engine crossmember mounts (3 bolts, 2 nuts) 14mm.
Remove nut that attaches crossmember to engine mount.
Loosen stabilizer bar mounts to allow adequate clearance for crossmember to be removed.
Remove following brackets to allow starter assembly to pass through bottom:
tubular support bracket - engine to transaxle
angled support bracket - driveshaft bracket to engine mount
manifold collector stay - (bottom bolts)
Loosen top bolts, remove bracket above driveshaft-holding bracket 14mm.
NOTE: This bracket is slotted to allow it to slide out without completely removing the bolts.
Remove bottom starter motor mounting bolt.
Separate starter assembly from bellhousing, DC all cables/connectors, remove starter motor.
When installing starter, connect cable, install/torque starter bolts.
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