Side Motor Mount Blues

Discussion in 'Discussion Forum' started by Mike C, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Mike C

    Mike C Low Mileage

    Atlanta, Georgia
    Wow! I woke up this morning ready to change my side motor mount on my ‘78 X1/9 with a 1500CC and I’m lost!!

    I can remove the main bolt no problem, but how in the heck to you get to the remaining three???

    The alternator belt and water pump look like they are in the way.

    Do I need to remove the engine?? Geez

    I thought I could do this with the engine in the car. can I??

    Please help
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    Daniel Forest True Classic

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  3. Mike C

    Mike C Low Mileage

    Atlanta, Georgia
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  4. Mike C

    Mike C Low Mileage

    Atlanta, Georgia
    Anyway, I replaced the side motor mount. Now all of my motor mounts and the transmission mount have been replaced!

    I took some pointers from MyronX and added some new ones. Here’s the procedure I followed:

    1. Put a jack underneath the engine sump to hold the engine in position when I remove the mounts.

    2. Removed screw that connects torque rod to the engine to prevent the brackets from bending when engine is raised up later.

    3. Removed main bolt on side mount (snail).

    4. Removed 2 piece timing belt cover for more hand room when swinging wrenches.

    5. Remove V-belt for more hand room when swinging wrenches.

    6. Raised up engine slightly to acces two bottom bolts.

    7. Removed two bottom bolts with socket wrench.

    8. Laid on ground and reached center bolt from underneath with 17mm offset box wrench.

    9. Removed center bolt from this position.

    10. Pulled out spring mechanism on old mount and put it in new side mount.

    11. Cleaned up mounting pad for mount and all parts and hardware.

    12. You could reverse steps 1-9 but I put on the side mount completely and then reattached the torque rod then put back on the Timing Belt cover and V-belt.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 18, 2019
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