How to Install a VR6 Motor Mount

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The VR6 is a narrow angle V6 engine that Volkswagen has used in a variety of models over the years. The VR6 is a smooth, powerful engine. Like any engine, components on the VR6 wear over time and will need to be replaced. If the motor mount on your VR6 needs to be replaced, you might want to upgrade to a performance motor mount that will reduce the excess movement that the stock mount suffers from.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Socket set and ratchet
  • Torx bits
  • Park the VW on a flat, hard surface. You will be lifting the engine during the motor mount installation and the car needs to be a level surface with a hard floor.

  • Open the hood. Loosen and remove the Torx bits that hold the coolant overflow container in place. Disconnect the electrical connections that plug into the coolant overflow container and set the container out of the way.

  • Remove the plastic wire connector that plugs into the top of the power steering reservoir on MK4s. On MKV VWs, remove the bolt that holds the neck for the windshield washer reservoir and move the neck out of the way.

  • Remove the two bolts that hold the bracket that is fastened to the motor mount and the fender. Set the bracket aside. Move the coolant reservoir, power steering reservoir (only on MKIV) and the windshield washer reservoir to the side. The motor mount will now be visible.

  • Slide the floor jack directly under the engine. Place a length of 2-by-4 between the jack and the engine to protect the engine while you lift it with the jack. Jack up the floor jack until the weight of the engine is supported. You do not need to raise the engine a significant amount, but you should support its weight on the jack.

  • Unbolt the two front engine bracket bolts and the two side frame bolts with a socket and a ratchet. Remove the engine mount. Install the new engine mount in the reverse order that the old mount was removed. Tighten the engine bracket bolts to 44 pound-feet and the side frame bolts to 32 pound-feet. Lower the jack from the bottom of the engine.

  • Move the coolant reservoir, power steering reservoir and windshield washer reservoir back into the spots from which they were moved. Reinstall the bracket that was removed to the motor mount and fender.

  • Reconnect any wires that were disconnected. Reconnect and install any components that were removed. Bolt the coolant overflow container back into place. Close the hood.

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