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Old 10-15-2005, 02:09 PM   #1
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i was pulling up to a stop light last night and going through my normal downshifting routine where when i get down to about 15-20 mph i clutch drag into first gear for engine braking and shove the clutch pedal back in right before i come to a stop. This was the first time i had done it and had this big clunk come from the engine bay. I'm guessing it's my rear motor mount has gotten soft and can no longer tolerate hard shifting but has anyone ever NEEDED to change their motor mount or does this sound like a correct diagnosis?


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2. Simultaneously slide the shifter into a lower gear and give the throttle a quick, amazingly precise jab to rev the engine to exactly the rpm it needs to be at in the next gear
3. Quickly let out the clutch

Oh sure, It takes a few thousand tries before you get the timing and precision of your jab just right, but the reward is that you no longer suck.
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Old 10-15-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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have you installed a VF engine mount? the factory mount is incredibly soft, and the VF should significantly reduce the noise. also, most people don't drop the car back into first while slowing down simply because of the huge difference in gear ratios from first to second...puts a huge amount of strain on the drivetrain
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Old 10-15-2005, 04:59 PM   #3
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Yep, sounds like the rear mount... I had the same noise when my VF one blew apart. I don't downshift to 1st till at a slow roll, but that is the noise I was getting on decel in 2nd.
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Old 10-15-2005, 05:14 PM   #4
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i have the stock mount, my guess is it's taken just about as much punishment as it can take.
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Here's what mommy should have told you to do when you downshift:
1. Step on the clutch
2. Simultaneously slide the shifter into a lower gear and give the throttle a quick, amazingly precise jab to rev the engine to exactly the rpm it needs to be at in the next gear
3. Quickly let out the clutch

Oh sure, It takes a few thousand tries before you get the timing and precision of your jab just right, but the reward is that you no longer suck.
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