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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Engine Mounts

Steve Vernon

Time:

4 hours4 hrs

Tab:

$50 to $150

Talent:

****

Tools:

10mm, 13mm, 16mm, 18mm socket, Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (2000)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)

Parts Required:

New mounts and bolts

Hot Tip:

Label and move some of the hoses to give you room

Performance Gain:

More power to the road

Complementary Modification:

New V-belt

Note: The hardware mounting bolts for the engine mounts are stretch bolts and single use only. Always replace them.

NEVER remove both mounts at the same time while supporting the engine with only a floor jack!

While it is possible to replace the right side engine mount without removing all the lines on the top of the engine I did so I could get pictures. I would recommend removing the lines to give you more room to work and a chance to see what you are doing. If you decide to go this route first begin by labeling all the fuel lines, coolant lines and EVAP lines that are in your way and then remove them. They are just a series of hoses clamps and push pull connectors for the fuel lines.

Right Side Mount:

To remove the mount you will need to support the engine from underneath if you do not have the very expensive factory engine support. Use a piece of wood approximately the same size as the oil pan and support the engine on the jack. You are not trying to lift the motor just support it. If you can fit a jack stand under the motor this is also a good idea in case the jack fails, this is especially important if you are going to be doing this work over several days.

You will need to first remove the overflow reservoir and power steering reservoir from their mounts to get access to the engine mount.

Remove the coolant reservoir by disconnecting the electrical connection and removing the two Philips head screws.

Remove the plastic connection and then the 10mm blot holding the power steering reservoir in place.

Remove the two 19mm bolts from the front side of the mount. If the bolts are binding or not coming off easily then you may need to raise the engine a little more.

Remove the 13mm bolt and two 16mm bolts on the mount under the steering fluid reservoir.

Remove the body side mount from the engine bay.

Use a 16mm socket and remove the three bolts that attach the mount to the engine. You can get access to two from the top of the engine and one from the lower wheel well.

Installation is the reverse of removal.

Left side mount:

To remove the left side mount you will need to remove the airbox, please see our article on how to change you air filter.

With the air box removed you will have better access to the mount but you will need to remove the plastic cover for the wiring harness. Lift the rubber trim up from around the top of the trim piece and unclip the plastic cover and remove.

Use you 18mm socket and remove the two bolts holding the mount to the engine/transmission support. (Note: the engine MUST still be supported by a jack).

To get access to one of the 16mm bolts on the frame side of the mount you will need to move the wiring harness and put the extension on the wrench through the access hole.

There is a single 13mm bolt that you will need to remove by moving the wiring harness and using the access hole.

You may need to slightly lower the engine to get the mount out. Use caution and do NOT let the engine drop.

Installation is the reverse of removal. Always use new bolts and torque to proper specs

To remove the mount you will need to support the engine from underneath if you do not have the very expensive factory engine support.
Figure 1

To remove the mount you will need to support the engine from underneath if you do not have the very expensive factory engine support. Use a piece of wood approximately the same size as the oil pan and support the engine on the jack. You are not trying to lift the motor just support it. If you can fit a jack stand under the motor this is also a good idea in case the jack fails, this is especially important if you are going to be doing this work over several days.

Remove the coolant reservoir by disconnecting the electrical connection (yellow arrow) and removing the two Philips head screws (red arrows).
Figure 2

Remove the coolant reservoir by disconnecting the electrical connection (yellow arrow) and removing the two Philips head screws (red arrows).

Remove the plastic connection and then the 10mm blot (red arrow) holding the power steering reservoir in place.
Figure 3

Remove the plastic connection and then the 10mm blot (red arrow) holding the power steering reservoir in place.

Remove the two 19mm bolts (red arrows) from the front side of the mount.
Figure 4

Remove the two 19mm bolts (red arrows) from the front side of the mount. If the bolts are binding or not coming off easily then you may need to raise the engine a little more.

Remove the 13mm bolt (yellow arrow) and two 16mm bolts (red arrows) on the mount under the steering fluid reservoir.
Figure 5

Remove the 13mm bolt (yellow arrow) and two 16mm bolts (red arrows) on the mount under the steering fluid reservoir.

Remove the body side mount from the engine bay.
Figure 6

Remove the body side mount from the engine bay.

Use a 16mm socket and remove the three bolts (red arrows, two shown) that attach the mount to the engine.
Figure 7

Use a 16mm socket and remove the three bolts (red arrows, two shown) that attach the mount to the engine. You can get access to two from the top of the engine and one from the lower wheel well.

With the air box removed you will have better access to the mount (red arrow) but you will need to remove the plastic cover (yellow arrow) for the wiring harness.
Figure 8

With the air box removed you will have better access to the mount (red arrow) but you will need to remove the plastic cover (yellow arrow) for the wiring harness.

Lift the rubber trim (red arrow) up from around the top of the trim piece and unclip the plastic cover and remove (yellow arrow).
Figure 9

Lift the rubber trim (red arrow) up from around the top of the trim piece and unclip the plastic cover and remove (yellow arrow).

Use you 18mm socket and remove the two bolts (red arrows) holding the mount to the engine/transmission support.
Figure 10

Use you 18mm socket and remove the two bolts (red arrows) holding the mount to the engine/transmission support. (Note: the engine MUST still be supported by a jack).

To get access to one of the 16mm bolts on the frame side of the mount you will need to move the wiring harness and put the extension on the wrench through the access hole, the other is easier to get (red arrows).
Figure 11

To get access to one of the 16mm bolts on the frame side of the mount you will need to move the wiring harness and put the extension on the wrench through the access hole, the other is easier to get (red arrows).

There is a single 13mm bolt that you will need to remove by moving the wiring harness and using the access hole (red arrow).
Figure 12

There is a single 13mm bolt that you will need to remove by moving the wiring harness and using the access hole (red arrow).

You may need to slightly lower the engine to get the mount out.
Figure 13

You may need to slightly lower the engine to get the mount out. Use caution and do NOT let the engine drop.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Mike Comments: Is it necessary or recommended to drain the coolant to change the passenger side mount?
November 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Only enough so the reservoir hoses do not leak when removed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paul Comments: Hi, I'm in the process of doing my timing belt on my 2005 vw 1.8t. I took out the motor mount bracket to give me more room to work and now cannot get it back in. I've tried for hours. Raising and lowering the motor in hopes of finding the sweet spot. Still no luck. I really need my car back and was hoping you guys had some insight to my problem. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.....Paul
July 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to get the mount in as you removed it. Easier said than done if you forgot how you removed it. Try installing it sideways at angle angle with the engine jacked slightly from the position when the mount is installed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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