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I saw this on a completely unrelated forum I belong to and thought I'd see if it catches on here like it did there.
 

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I changed the front passenger side motor mount today. This is my second time changing this mount, in less than a week. The first one blew the little plastic/rubber top today. The first mount took me about 3 or so hours to do, not having the right tools or really knowing what I was doing. Today, I got it off in 30 minutes, had to wait for about 2 and a half hours for the part to arrive at a near by parts store. I got home and had the thing installed in about 20 minutes. It's super easy when you have a vice to pull the plate off of the mount, and an engine hoist instead of a leaky jack like I had over the weekend, while doing the first one. If anyone goes to Vatozone or O'Reilly's, the part you need is 3085, not what they list in the computer.
 

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Two days ago, I drove mine home after a month in the shop. Yesterday, I brushed 3 inches of snow off of it. Today, it's still sitting...unmoving...in the snow.

[:(] All I want to do is drive...but there's snow and ice on the roads.
 

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Use Motorcraft motor mounts only. Because, the rest are crap and will go to crap quickly.

Unless you go to poly mounts.
 

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179k miles

I washed the salt and schmutz off of it today and ordered some parts to perform some scheduled maintenance (179k)

Timing belt
Timing belt tensioner
Timing belt idler pully
Serpentine belt
Serpentine belt tensioner
valve cover gasket set
Water pump
Fuel Filter
lower radiator hose
MSD plug wires
NGK plugs
lower torque mount (to replace urethane mount I hate)
parking brake cable
Driver's headlight (has moisture in it)


I might replace the lower control arms again. I replaced all the bushings, ball joints, tie rods, shocks, etc at 104k, but I used urethane bushings and I hate them. They might have been fine on smooth roads of the south, but here in PA they are horrid.

I was set to buy a new car, but the wife has expressed an interest in going back to school, so the new car will have to wait. I will be looking for a commuter car for her perhaps, but that is a different discussion thread...

OJ
 

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Waiting for dark to try my DIY LED interior bulbs to see if they're bright enough. If not I'll add more LEDs.
Let's see some pics. I'm interested in the LED swap, myself.
I called a few local shops around town for quotes on doing the timing belt. Some suggested doing the water pump at the same time, some said the water pump could be done, but isn't with the timing belt. I'm new to these motors and I assumed it would be typically done at the same time as the belt and tensioners. Can anyone lead me in the correct direction? I've got almost 83k on mine and I'm going to try t ok get this done asap.
 

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Swapped the rear motor mount for a polyurethane cfm race mount.
I swapped out the front passenger side mount for the 3rd time. Can anyone tell me why I keep going through them? I just replaced the cfm rear mount and then the front passenger side mount, then drove it. Not even an half hour, and I didn't goose it at all. Maybe 4k shifts, if that. The new motor mount, the fluid filled front passenger mount, the little rubber top keeps popping off. Why?! Is there something I'm doing wrong?
 

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Let's see some pics. I'm interested in the LED swap, myself.
I called a few local shops around town for quotes on doing the timing belt. Some suggested doing the water pump at the same time, some said the water pump could be done, but isn't with the timing belt. I'm new to these motors and I assumed it would be typically done at the same time as the belt and tensioners. Can anyone lead me in the correct direction? I've got almost 83k on mine and I'm going to try t ok get this done asap.
Anyone who says do the water pump at the same time, don't use them. It's not ran by the timing belt like some other manufactures.


Swapped the rear motor mount for a polyurethane cfm race mount.
I swapped out the front passenger side mount for the 3rd time. Can anyone tell me why I keep going through them? I just replaced the cfm rear mount and then the front passenger side mount, then drove it. Not even an half hour, and I didn't goose it at all. Maybe 4k shifts, if that. The new motor mount, the fluid filled front passenger mount, the little rubber top keeps popping off. Why?! Is there something I'm doing wrong?

As freemind stated the cheap mounts are not manufactured correctly and are filled with water not a oil based product like motorcraft. How its legal for them to sell crap I don't get. But I guess that's the new way to do business. So in other words get oem or poly.
 

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Yes that's perfect. There was one on here for 90$. And there's a used oem on eBay for 80$. Good luck. But no more cheap overseas parts. They don't work.
 

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Swapped the rear motor mount for a polyurethane cfm race mount.
I swapped out the front passenger side mount for the 3rd time. Can anyone tell me why I keep going through them? I just replaced the cfm rear mount and then the front passenger side mount, then drove it. Not even an half hour, and I didn't goose it at all. Maybe 4k shifts, if that. The new motor mount, the fluid filled front passenger mount, the little rubber top keeps popping off. Why?! Is there something I'm doing wrong?
Front dome 8 //// map 4 x2
Vanity 4 x2
foot well 6 x2
rear dome 8
(installed: 16 in trunk and 6 in the glove box)


I already have "pre manufactured" LEDs, but some are four years old now. Some flicker and some have color shifted, but now I know how to make my own for way cheaper. I'm waiting on some more LEDs that I hope are the color temperature I want, these are a little on the blueish side for my tastes.


Yeah the parts store mounts are pure garbage (Anchor and whatever they're rebranded as.) The aluminum is made from recycled chewing gum foil and the rubber came off the bottom of a Payless shoe. I used to help a friend change these mounts on a company fleet of automatic Zetecs driven by 65-80 year old men and they always broke.
 

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Chewing gum and Payless shoes. Lol. I would have to say, on my situation, Payless shoe rubber would be an improvement. The rubber from the mounts I've gotten seems to be more like walmart shoes. Definitely a Chinese piece of garbage. I found the OEM Ford mount on eBay, for $99. If this solid mount takes a shit like the last ones, I'm going to order the eBay mount.
 

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Swapped the rear motor mount for a polyurethane cfm race mount.
I swapped out the front passenger side mount for the 3rd time. Can anyone tell me why I keep going through them? I just replaced the cfm rear mount and then the front passenger side mount, then drove it. Not even an half hour, and I didn't goose it at all. Maybe 4k shifts, if that. The new motor mount, the fluid filled front passenger mount, the little rubber top keeps popping off. Why?! Is there something I'm doing wrong?
You need to make sure you use an OEM mount from ford on the passenger side mount. Not one of the cheap ones. Should run you around 80-100$. All the other ones are garbage
 
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