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Pelican Technical Article:

Upper Engine Mount Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

****

Tools:

10mm/13mm/16mmn sockets with extension, floor or ATV jack, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1998-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1998-05)
VW Jetta GT (1998)
VW Jetta K2 (1998)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1998-99)

Parts Required:

Engine mount

Hot Tip:

Make sure the engine is secured with a jack

Performance Gain:

Smoother drivetrain

Complementary Modification:

Replace transmission mount

Over time, heat and wear does a number on the three mounts that hold the engine/transmission in place. This usually presents itself as a hard knock under acceleration or rapid braking. This is usually a result of the engine/transmission jerking side to side because the mount is worn out.

Replacing the mount isn't too difficult, but it does require you to jack the car up and secure it on jack stands. See our article on Jacking up Your Mk4 Jetta for more information. You'll also need to secure the bottom on the engine on a floor jack or ATV jack to carry the weight while you unbolt the mount from the engine.

VW does recommend replacing these fasteners each time they are removed.

Once the engine is secured on a floor jack, loosen and remove the two 16mm bolts (green arrows) securing the engine mount to the engine.
Figure 1

Once the engine is secured on a floor jack, loosen and remove the two 16mm bolts (green arrows) securing the engine mount to the engine.

Pull the cable holder off the threaded nut (green arrow) next to the power steering fluid reservoir.
Figure 2

Pull the cable holder off the threaded nut (green arrow) next to the power steering fluid reservoir.

Loosen and remove the 10mm threaded nut (green arrow) holding the power steering fluid reservoir to the engine mount.
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the 10mm threaded nut (green arrow) holding the power steering fluid reservoir to the engine mount.

Pull the engine mount up to access the two 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the mount to the chassis.
Figure 4

Pull the engine mount up to access the two 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the mount to the chassis. Loosen and remove the 13mm bolt holding the bracket to the engine mount. Pull the mount up and out of the engine bay.

And here's the finished result with the mount removed.
Figure 5

And here's the finished result with the mount removed. Installing the new mount is the reverse order of removal.


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Comments and Suggestions:
Wyatt Comments: Is it required to change the engine mount bolts when changing these or any of the other two engine mounts?
May 4, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: VW does recommend replacing the mount fasteners. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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