How to Replace Motor Mounts for a Dodge Neon

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How to Replace Motor Mounts for a Dodge Neon
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Motor mounts are designed to last indefinitely, but they can still wear down over time. This can especially be true of a discontinued model like the Dodge Neon. The Neon uses two main motor mounts--a left one and a right one--and there's a good chance that if one needs replacing, the other one does as well. Make sure you have the correct replacement mounts for your specific Dodge Neon before you begin replacing the mounts.

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Torx or Allen wrench
  • Wood block
  • Chalk or whiteout

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the battery, unscrewing and removing the negative cable first and then the positive one. Pull off the insulation surrounding the battery, remove its hold-down bolt with a wrench and remove the battery, then unbolt and remove the battery tray.

  2. 2

    Raise the car and support it on jack stands. Remove both front wheels with a tire iron, then remove the splash shields with a Torx or Allen wrench.

  3. 3

    Raise a floor jack underneath the transmission, placing a wood block on the jack, until the weight of the engine is no longer on the mounts.

  4. 4

    Pry off the access plug to the through bolt on the left engine mount, and remove the bolt with a wrench. Disconnect the shift cable to the transmission and position it away, then lower the floor jack slightly to expose all the engine mount's bolts.

  5. 5

    Mark the right engine mount's position with chalk or whiteout.

  6. 6

    Remove the mounting bolts for the engine mount you are removing and separate the mount from the rail.

  1. 1

    Install the motor mount in position. Apply a thread-locking compound to the bolts and apply them with the wrench.

  2. 2

    Reconnect the transmission shift cable if you replaced the left motor mount, then install the through bolt.

  3. 3

    Lower the floor jack off of the transmission.

  4. 4

    Reconnect the splash shields and the wheels, then lower the car off the jack stands.

  5. 5

    Re-install and connect the tray and battery, connecting the positive cable first.

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