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The large upper mount appears to be cracking or splitting along the bottom. Are these cracks a telltale sign of a failing part, or are they considered normal after 20K miles of service? My car has always vibrated a bit more than I think it should when idling - culprit?<p>Thanks in advance - Tryg<p><IMG SRC="http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/1166/mountdriverside2yg.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/421/mountpassengerside3jw.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (RainyS60R)

Yes, the beginning of the end.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>The new type is square and should hold a little longer.
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (RainyS60R)

Get a Evolve, Powerflex, or IPD bushing to replace it. Supposedly lasts forever.
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (Johann)

I would go with the BLACK upper engine mount bushing from Evolve. I did. Part installed in under 10 minutes.
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (Johann)

That's what mine looks like, too. It's been difficult to get a smooth shift out of the car lately and I was wondering if that might be the culprit.<p>-Eric
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (Sue Esponte)

That is definately the culprit! I had the same thing. New bushing=smoother shifting!
 

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I got my car with 76k, thought to look at the mount about maybe 2k miles (88k) ago... it was completely gone, both sides. Definitely runs way better with ipd's replacement, though I got the blue one... a little more vibration at idle, but then again, you'd expect that...
 

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i understand the upper mount is easy to replace...how about the lower ones?<p>btw, how many total are there?
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (Mash)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mash</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I would go with the BLACK upper engine mount bushing from Evolve. I did. Part installed in under 10 minutes.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Ditto. Problem solved.
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (mgotts)

Haven't tried the Evolve, but the iPD one worked great for me. Easy install description at:<p><A HREF="http://wiki.takspeed.com/index.php?title=Installing_the_iPD_Strut_Mount_and_Engine_Mount_Bushings" TARGET="_blank">http://wiki.takspeed.com/index...hings</A><p><IMG SRC="http://wiki.takspeed.com/images/a/a2/IMG_4968-01.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>There's also links to a half dozen threads on the subject here:<p><A HREF="http://wiki.takspeed.com/index.php?title=R_Model_Mods_%26_Maintenance" TARGET="_blank">http://wiki.takspeed.com/index...nance</A>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>btw, how many total are there?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>This <A HREF="http://www.vivaperformance.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=81_101&products_id=389" TARGET="_blank">diagram</A> should help.
 

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thanks man...<br>but how easy are those other two?! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">... but how easy are those other two?! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=56567" TARGET="_blank">Here</A> is a little write-up about those bushes ...<p>Denny
 

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now thats perfect...<p>good looking man!!
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (RainyS60R)

Tryg, you've got the eagle eye, great pics. I just went out and found the same thing on my car. <p>At the 30k I'll have that mount replaced and the PS reservoir cleaned up, it seems to be leaking at the bottom or around the hose, the hose is all slimy and nasty.
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (RainyS60R)

Tryg, you're on it like Blue Bonnet! Just found the same deal on mine! Evolve Blue is in the mail! yay for Tryg! "Yaaaaaaaaay!"
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (JOSBRO)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JOSBRO</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Tryg, you're on it like Blue Bonnet! Just found the same deal on mine! Evolve Blue is in the mail! yay for Tryg! "Yaaaaaaaaay!"</TD></TR></TABLE><p>No problem guys - all in a day's work!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Seriously though - how can it be that these simple bushings for the upper engine mount impact so many things??? Shifting, steering feel, etc? Are the benefits really THAT impressive with the aftermarket parts? I'm torn between a free replacement on Volvo's nickel and paying for the aftermarket upgrades. Would someone please talk me off the ledge!<p>- Tryg
 

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Re: Is this what a failing engine mount looks like? (RainyS60R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RainyS60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Seriously though - how can it be that these simple bushings for the upper engine mount impact so many things???</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Think about it...if you're engine is moves (b/c of inertia and the fact that it's not mounted to the chassis very well) every time you engage the clutch, it's going to make it very hard to shift smoothly...because when you re-engage the gear and give it gas, the engine is going to move in the opposite direction with more force. The material making up the bushing will definitely effect the ride. If it's rubber, it will allow more movement than if it was made of urethane or an even harder material. The harder the material, the more responsive your car might feel, but you'll also feel more engine vibration. Rubber is a good middleground.<p>-Eric
 

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There are two major engine mounts ... one of them sits directly on the steering rack. Also the shifter cables go to the transmission, which is connected to the motor ... the shifter cable are under the airbox, the less the motor moves the better feel you get during shifting.<p>Denny
 

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Does the engine need to be lifted/supported when swapping the lower engine mount? Is this mount a P.I.T.A. to replace?<p>- Tryg
 
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