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Re: Broken Engine Mount -> Subframe Reinforcem (archive)

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Posted by Roops on March 22, 2002 at 04:14:15:

In Reply to: Broken Engine Mount -> Subframe Reinforcement posted by george on March 21, 2002 at 15:11:43:

Everyone should be aware that the "breaking subframe" is a feature with these cars. It is almost always the metal around the hole, which starts to flex then just breaks (they also corrode in this area). Turner's sell a re-inforcement kit for this reason. If you track your car you should check this regularly. The rears also fail, which results in some pretty weird wheel angles and clonking from the backend.

Roops.

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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