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I,m not sure if this has already been adressed so I'm sorry if I am double posting. I am talking about the cross member being in the way. It only takes about 15 minutes to get it out of the way if the bolts aren't fused to the metal. Taking it completely off would involve propping the engine up and removing driver side engine mount or dropping the whole sub frame which IMO is too much for what we are trying to achieve here. Here is what I did.
1)take off the splash shields underneath the car.
2) locate the cross member and then the two 14mm bolts that connect it to the frame (the front where the bumper is) and take those off.
3) There is an oval shaped slot right next to the bolts you took out, inside of it you should see 2 more. They connect to the front motor mount. Take those out.
4) Follow the cross member to the back right by the oil pan. You should see about 5 17mm nuts there. Take them off. Now if you pull down on the front of the cross member it will act like a lever. However it will not come out because if you look, one bolt will not let it that's attached to the back motor mount.
5) take a jack and a block of wood and find someplace to jack the engine up as much as it will go without raising the body. I used a sturdy part of the tranny right by the sub frame by the firewall.
6) now if you pull down on the cross member you should see the back motor mount lift and there should be a slot between it and the sub frame. Use pry bars if you need to. Wedge something into that space. I put a broken off piece of 1/2 extension in there. Lower the jack, the motor mount shouldrest on whatever you have in there.
Now just pull down and swing the cross member over to the drivers side wheel. That's it, now the oil pan is free and clear. There may be better ways of doing this but that's what I did.
It should be fairly easy, my 2001 corolla went from 50k to 160k as an every day delivery vehicle in Buffalo,NY so taking into account all the driveways the snow and the salt, it is amazing how well those bolts come out without the need for torches etc. If someone needs pics I can provide. I just stared on this project, thank you for this great article!