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Old 08-15-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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I have a 2002 Malibu that needs motor mounts. I started off by replacing the hydraulic mount on the front right side of the engine. Stopped the engine rocking for about 20 minutes. Then I replaced the mount on the center, next to the radiator. That was an insert (anchor 2875). Again fixed for a short time then same symptoms.
The old front mount was cracked.
Does anyone know which way the arrow (load) points on the front insert mount?
I have a feeling the old one spun.
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:15 PM   #2
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That mount has to bear the weight of the motor/transaxle and thus the load direction is downward. If the rocking comes and goes, there may be something else going on. What symptoms led you to the motor mounts?
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Old 08-16-2010, 03:27 AM   #3
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The symptoms are a clunk when going from neutral to drive or neutral to reverse. The engine rocks back and forth. I replaced the hydraulic front right mount first. That slowed down the clunk and smoothed out the roll for a short time. Is it possible that that mount is defective and when it heats up, it looses its dampening effect?
Getting back to the front insert, I have the arrow pointing straight up, thinking the load exerts a downward force. Is this correct?
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:05 AM   #4
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Is this on the Ecotec or the V6?

Also, check the transaxle mounts... they may also need replacing.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:32 AM   #5
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The engine mount strut is more for vibration. On the front mount, the arrow should ideally point down. However, like RaineMan said, the rear transaxle mount is probably shot, especially since the front one was torn.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:36 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info on the arrow. I redid the job and pointed the arrow down. Still clunks.
I replaced the front mount, the left hydraulic mount. The rear mount looks tough to get out. I might farm that out.
Is it possible there is a trans. problem instead? The engine clunks when going from park to drive, then shifts hard, but doesn't slip when accelerating.
The engine light is on, but has been for years.(Different issue I think)
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Old 09-20-2014, 03:42 PM   #7
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Hey Chuck172,

Did you ever replace the Rear Left Transmission Mount? I already have the replacement, just trying to get some advice before I do it.

Thanks in advance.
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