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Old 07-20-2009, 03:30 AM   #1
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Front Motor Mount Removal Tips

I have a AUTO, and I'm preparing to remove my front motor mount so I can drop the cross member. After reading through the other posts, most say to remove the single bolt through the rubber piece but mine has a wire attached to it (liquid filled?) and wanted to know what the best way to remove the cross member/mount.

Grey wire attached to front motor mount.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:40 AM   #2
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Thats for the electronically controlled mount. Other than that, sorry I cant help.
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Unplug that wire.

Remove all 3 bolts and nuts, wiggle mount out. Simple as that.

The auto being larger is a bit more of a PITA to wiggle around to get out, but there's no need to drop or lower the crossmember in any way.
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Unplug that wire.

Remove all 3 bolts and nuts, wiggle mount out. Simple as that.

The auto being larger is a bit more of a PITA to wiggle around to get out, but there's no need to drop or lower the crossmember in any way.
I realize that my title and question focuses solely on removing the motor mount. This post is actually related to my oil leak post (Verify my oil leak). So what I actually want to do is remove the cross member so I can remove the upper oil pan, but most of the post don't mention the wire on the mount so that kind of threw me off. I'll follow the grey wire up and unplug it.

So just removing the single nut and bolt through the rubber part is ok and drop the cross member with the mount on?

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So just removing the single nut and bolt through the rubber part is ok and drop the cross member with the mount on?
Correct.
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I realize that my title and question focuses solely on removing the motor mount. This post is actually related to my oil leak post (Verify my oil leak). So what I actually want to do is remove the cross member so I can remove the upper oil pan, but most of the post don't mention the wire on the mount so that kind of threw me off. I'll follow the grey wire up and unplug it.

So just removing the single nut and bolt through the rubber part is ok and drop the cross member with the mount on?

Thanks!!
first and for most make sure you are supporting the transmission and engine with something sturdy... because if the engine sinks you are gonna have a nice time trying to align the bolts back to the radiator support

and yes you are correct....you need to remove just the pin that goes through the center of the mount to the engine and rock the whole thing back and forth...

also replace the rear main seal at the same time...
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first and for most make sure you are supporting the transmission and engine with something sturdy...

also replace the rear main seal at the same time...
There is no need to support the engine or trans, the side mounts will hold everything up just fine.

How would he replace the RMS without removing the trans?
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There is no need to support the engine or trans, the side mounts will hold everything up just fine.

How would he replace the RMS without removing the trans?
yea the side mounts will cause it to sink and shift been there done that

the bottom moon shaped part since it that is what leaks... wrong choice of words....
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yea the side mounts will cause it to sink and shift been there done that

the bottom moon shaped part since it that is what leaks... wrong choice of words....
Sink and shift meaning? Sure, the engine is going to move around a bit with the crossmember off, but it won't cause any sort of issues.
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Sink and shift meaning? Sure, the engine is going to move around a bit with the crossmember off, but it won't cause any sort of issues.
it will when he tries to put the cross member back on and the bolts to the radiator support dont align.. besides you dont want all that weight resting on 2 mounts like that
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it will when he tries to put the cross member back on and the bolts to the radiator support dont align.. besides you dont want all that weight resting on 2 mounts like that
As before, there's nothing wrong with letting it rest on those two mounts. Operating it with the crossmember removed? Of course. But as long as it's stationary, you won't run into any issues.

And as long as you do the rear mount first and get that bolt started, all you have to do is swing it up to reach the radiator support. I've never had an issue with that, across several Maximas.
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As before, there's nothing wrong with letting it rest on those two mounts. Operating it with the crossmember removed? Of course. But as long as it's stationary, you won't run into any issues.

And as long as you do the rear mount first and get that bolt started, all you have to do is swing it up to reach the radiator support. I've never had an issue with that, across several Maximas.
iv done 3 thus far 1 was on my car other 2 were on my friends with the same results... so have fun i guess..
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iv done 3 thus far 1 was on my car other 2 were on my friends with the same results... so have fun i guess..
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