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Broken Engine Mount -> Subframe Reinforcement (archive)

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Posted by george on March 21, 2002 at 15:11:43:

Thank God this didn't happen on a track! :)

Symptoms:

Inital:
Strange Feel in the Chassis.
Strange Feel in Steering.

After a few minutes:
Feelings stronger.
Engine Fan contacting shroud.

Diagnosis:
Right Engine Mount (not the rubber-liquid mount) failure. As you can see in the photo, it a was quite extensive falure. :)

Treatment:
Replace Mount.

Thought Process:
Oh crap. Thats bad. Engine Resting on Steering Rack... Time to remove the front end. Hmm I could do this too... and this... and this... ...

Net result:
New Engine Mount, New Rubber engine mounts, new (to me) reinforced (by me) subframe (ooh! its so pretty! :D), new control arms, new control arm bushings.

Thoughts on the mount breaking? Anyone seen this before?

-george



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