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Old 01-01-2006, 10:41 PM   #1
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Engine mounts diy? Can this be done with just a jack and stands?

Wondering if I could just put it on stands and use the jack to hold the motor up while repacing the mounts. Anyone done this?


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yes, that can be done. just be sure you dont catch the oil pan with the jack. as youre raising the motor up make sure youre not stressing anything like hoses, wires, or anything, and make sure you dont press the fan into the shroud.
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Old 01-02-2006, 12:08 PM   #3
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yes it can, i did mine on my friends lift while my car was getting repainted, as long as you find a way to support the engine good you can do it at home, we used a transmission jack to hold the engine up while i slip the mount in. everything lewdog said about supporting the engine is extremley important
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Thanks both of you! Do I have to remove anything to be able to lift the engine just enough to swap the mounts?


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Also, nil, how many miles did your car have when you did yours?


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Old 05-24-2006, 03:08 AM   #6
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are you using aftermarket engine mounts ?
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:30 AM   #7
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I used a 2x4 to support the oil pan and jacked the engine a couple of inches. You dont need much room to slip the mount out.
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How hard is this to do? Is it difficult to get the mount in/out?
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How can you tell if its time for the mounts to be replaced? mileage?
I had my replaced when the car would shake alot while idling at stoplights. After the replacement, the shaking stopped completely and is super smooth.
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How many mounts do our engines have? And do you replace all of them? How much roughly for the parts?

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I had my replaced when the car would shake alot while idling at stoplights. After the replacement, the shaking stopped completely and is super smooth.
How much did you pay to get it done? Anyone else get theirs done? Please post pricing. I need to get a ballpark.
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Probably charge you $100/1HR of Labor, depending on the shop. We did them for $75 at my old shop.
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yes it can, i did mine on my friends lift while my car was getting repainted, as long as you find a way to support the engine good you can do it at home, we used a transmission jack to hold the engine up while i slip the mount in. everything lewdog said about supporting the engine is extremley important
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I replaced my left side engine mount by myself. It took me 5 hours to do. All I did was loosen the opposite side a little and jack the car up. Put stands underneath the jack spots and then used the jack underneath the engine, (don't remember exact placement). to jack it up slightly. The hard part was manuvering my meat hooks (hands) around those tiny spaces. I did most of the work laying on my back. Be sure your engine is cold, as in not driven in a few hours. I tried it initially after driving less than 2 miles and burned the heck out of my hands. I had to let it sit over night, (when the do it yourself shop opened back up). Good luck!!!!
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How can you tell if its time for the mounts to be replaced? mileage?
I heard a loud clunk noise when I would hit the gas really hard. I took a gander at my mounts and sure enough I saw that my drivers side was broken.

I had about 50k miles on my car at the time
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