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I have been experiencing some disturbing issues for longer than I would like to admit. What felt like rough idle, jerky and slow shifts, and a loud clunk when accelerating under downshift conditions. Finally made up my mind it had to be a motor mount. Not wanting to do the job half-assed I decided to change them all. BTW I'm at 102k miles.

Front mount ended up being worn, still serviceable but I could move it around with my hands. Didn't have much life left. Bottom torque strut showed signs of tearing, wasn't going to last much longer and was probably not working as it should.

Rear mount, the one over the transmission on drivers side, was the actual culprit.

Fairly simple job. Have to move the coolant tank out of the way to get the front mount out, and move the battery and battery tray to get to the rear mount. The torque strut is simple enough but here is where I encountered "THAT ONE BOLT" the occurs with every job. The forward bolt took maximum effort removing and reinstalling, fought the whole friggin' way. Other than that, no problems.

The destroyed rear mount seems to be of inadequate design. Intend to take all the rubber out of the old one, the torque strut as well, and fill them with solid urethane. I've done it before on an older car and the results are awesome. If I remember correctly I used 80A hardness urethane I got from McMaster-Carr.
 

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Myetball - Do you have to support the transmission with a jack or anything while doing the rear mount below the battery tray? Any issues with the bolts or studs (do the new mounts come with new hardware, or do you recommend changing the fasteners?). Thanks for the post


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Anyone know the procedure for changing the transmission mount under the battery tray? Do you support the transmission with a jack and blocks of wood? Other than that, any pointers? Can the fasteners be reused?


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I got the job done. Supported the trans with jack and wood. Used an 3/8 impact which made for a fairly easy job up until the bottom two 13m bolts.. not the easiest to reach but got my ratcheting 13m closed end wrench down there, and used muscle.
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I can’t say I feel much difference, but a little less “slop” now..
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