ZZvroom wrote: ↑
Fri May 28, 2021 5:22 pm
The curious aspect to me is the factory manual's total lack of mentioning the motor-mount aspect of the job.
*Shrug* probably since it isn't a huge ordeal.
The obvious potential disaster issue is getting the long bolt loose vs. stripping /breaking it off in the block.
The You-tube mentions heating the block around the bolt, but with an aluminum block, that's rather scary.
I haven't heated the block at all. One sheared off on it's own, and it still was easy to extract the broken bolt.
A further complication is the chain tensioner. I see a leak from the engine cover near the belt tensioner, and I've read here the chain tensioner is prone to leaking. It looks far more complex to got into it to replace, including having to retime the valves.
Replacing valve cover gasket requires zero things other than basically a 10mm socket and the new gasket.
Timing chain tensioner o-ring is just two 10mm (I think) nuts. remove those, loosen the belt tensioner up so the timing chain tensioner can be removed. Replace, crank engine over using alternator nut (22mm I think) to get the new tensioner to hook onto the chain. all done.
All of these things are non-issues and are pretty easy straightforward jobs.
I had minimal mechanical experience until I bought a Vibe. I have seen done an engine swap, replaced a clutch, and replaced several subframes. Basically have done everything to the car except rebuild motor/tranny and body work.
They are very easy cars to work and great for a first timer to use to learn on.
Call a buddy with experience. Pay him in adult beverages. Win-win.