A car has many rubber components that wear and tear with use and time. Motor mounts are no exception. Frequent stops and starts eventually cause the rubber that holds the engine mounts together to deteriorate. However, if you’re mechanically inclined and you can use a few tools, you can fix a motor mount yourself.
Things You'll Need
- Wood blocks
- Universal joint
- Motor mount
Use a jack and some wood blocks to secure the engine.
Loosen the motor mount bolts. You may need to use a along extension with a universal joint to reach them. Get under the car and undo the mount-to-frame bolts.
Proceed to jack up the engine slowly, and take out the engine mount. If there are any heat or drip shields, make sure to transfer them to the replacement mount.
Thread in the mount bolts, but don’t tighten them. Lower the engine. This makes it easier to align the motor mount.
Finish tightening the bolts once you have lowered the engine.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have a front-wheel-drive, you’ll need to look for a third engine mount (the transmission mount). Not all front-wheel-drives will have it, though.
- If you find cracks on one mount, it’s highly possible that the others need replacing.
- An engine mount absorb most of the vibration that normally occurs when the engine runs. Therefore, if you can feel a lot of vibration inside the car, chances are that you need to fix one or all engine mounts.
- Avoid using blocks or bricks to secure the engine, as these can break and result in serious injury.
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