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Old 02-13-2020, 12:56 PM   #1
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Failed to replace engine mount, 325i SULEV

I got a beatdown by my 325i M56 SULEV.

I knew about the passenger side being more troublesome. I thought it made more sense to tackle it first. I removed the nuts on the passenger side mount and loosen the nuts on the driver side without removing them. I used a jack under the oil pan to lift the engine. Looked promising until the front of the car started to lift off from the jackstands. I kept trying at least 10 more times placing the wood and jack at different spots. The oil pan isn't really that big so all my attempts failed.

Need to get an engine bar and try again next time.

The good news is, my mounts still seem to be in reasonable good condition after 15 years. In general, rubber parts are still good on my car. Being garaged in a warm and dry place like California might be the difference. My intake boots were still good when I replaced them.
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:08 PM   #2
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I got a beatdown by my 325i M56 SULEV.

I knew about the passenger side being more troublesome. I thought it made more sense to tackle it first. I removed the nuts on the passenger side mount and loosen the nuts on the driver side without removing them. I used a jack under the oil pan to lift the engine. Looked promising until the front of the car started to lift off from the jackstands. I kept trying at least 10 more times placing the wood and jack at different spots. The oil pan isn't really that big so all my attempts failed.

Need to get an engine bar and try again next time.

The good news is, my mounts still seem to be in reasonable good condition after 15 years. In general, rubber parts are still good on my car. Being garaged in a warm and dry place like California might be the difference. My intake boots were still good when I replaced them.
No need for the engine support bar. Try loosening the right side mount bracket from the engine block and it will give you the room needed to get the mount out and back in. The left side is a little tighter as you can't easily loosen that bracket. I used this 50sKid video when I did mine.

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Old 02-13-2020, 01:21 PM   #3
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I have seen the video. 50sKid ran into the same issue when he had both mounts loose. His and other videos was the reason I tried to replace the mount one side at a time.

Unless I could find a jack point on the engine closer to the passenger side, I don't think I can get enough clearance without lifting the whole car up.

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