THX Steve - been under the car all am minus the correct tools...SO heading back with the right ones. Planning to pull entire unit - eng + trans + and then detach the trans. This the right approach?
Yes, if A/T model once out of car, remove starter 3 bolts then remove tranny bell housing bolts leaving torque convertor on flywheel. If 5-speed remove starter then same three bolts then tranny bellhousing bolts.
Torque convertor if A/T has 3 nuts to remove from oil pan side of flywheel.
OK - asked this on another thread...the rear engine mount seems shared with the trans (is A/T)... do all 3 bolts need to come free...?
Two bolts to subframe or two bolts to tranny body your choice for front tranny mount. rear tranny shock strut mount at top of tranny 3 bolts require torx 27 tip so just unbolt shock strut end from mount plate or top chassis at top end under coolant tank.
Rear engine mount has 17mm nut same as front engine mount.
As I lost daylight, took these pics that seem to be the tran mount? Note red rectangle seems to be a 20mm bolt and its stuck fast...as are the 2 adjacent 17mm... alternatively there seems to be 3 nuts in the yellow circle area. OR am I in the wrong place...?