I am doing my first '89 Tempo/Topaz motor mount replacement. It's the
one under the battery/airbox on the drivers side. I have removed the
rubber part, but cannot get a good grip on the three 13mm bolts that
hold the top metal half to the automatic transmission. My tools are all
either too big to fit in there or too small to get any torque on. Any
tips for getting those off?
I think I can get better access if I drop the big plate that the bottom
of the motor mount and the sway bar bracket bolts to. Is it safe to
remove that, or will the sway bar under tension a) break my arms in the
process and b) make it impossible to reinstall the plate?
For a visual, see this picture as viewed from underneath the radiator
looking towards the drivers side:
The red bracket is the one I need to remove. The green one I'm not sure
if it's safe to remove.
Thanks for any advice...