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Replacing Engine Mounts - Where the Rubber Meets the Road
By Mike Bumbeck/
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Degree of DifficultyModerate
Estimated Time180 minutes
180 minutes
Step 1 - Check for clearance against the firewall before attempting to raise the engine. Tearing radiator hoses, crimping AC lines, or cracking distributor caps are to be avoided.
Check for Clearance Against the Firewall
Step 2 - Secure the engine on a jack with various blocks of wood. Never jack an engine directly by the oil pan. The pan will bend and rupture.
Secure the Engine on a Jack with Various Blocks of Wood
Step 3 - First loosen the engine from the mount bolts. Sometimes a long extension and universal joint is the way to go.
Loosen the Engine from the Mount Bolts
Step 4 - Next crawl under the vehicle and loosen the mount-to-frame bolts.
Loosen the Mount-to-Frame Bolts
Step 5 - Jack-up the engine a little at a time and remove the engine mount.
Jack-up the Engine and Remove Mount
Step 6 - Compare the old and new engine mounts. Transfer any heat or drip shields to the new mount.
Compare Old and New Mounts
Step 7 - Thread-in the mount-to-frame bolts before lowering the engine. This will simplify mount alignment.
Thread-in the Mount-to-Frame Bolts
Step 8 - Lower the engine and fully tighten all bolts.
Lower Engine and Tighten All Bolts
Step 9 - Front-wheel-drive vehicles often have third "dog-bone" engine mounts.
Front-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Often Have Third "Dog-bone" Engine Mounts
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