1995 Toyota Corolla Replace Engine Mounts

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Toyota introduced the Corolla in 1968. The 1995 Toyota Corolla was equipped with an option of a 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder engine, or a 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder engine. Both engines were equipped with three different motor mounts. The motor mounts are located on the front of the engine, between the engine and the front sub-frame rail, on the rear between the engine and the rear subframe rail, and on the passenger side of the engine. Replacing all three motor mounts can take hours worth of work, and requires some mechanical knowledge.

[edit] Tools Used

Tools
1/2-inch drive ratchet and socket set
2 vehicle ramps
2 wheel chocks
2-ton or greater capacity jack
1-foot length of board at least 2-inches thick (2 by 4 will work for this)
2-foot length of wood, 6-inches wide by 6-inches thick
New front motor mount and hardware
New rear motor mount and hardware
New passenger motor mount and hardware
1/2-inch drive torque wrench

[edit] Replace Engine Mounts

  • Place a vehicle ramp in front of both front tires. Drive the Corolla onto the vehicle ramps and set the parking brake immediately. Step out of the car and place a wheel chock behind both rear tires. Lay beneath the front bumper of the Corolla, and slide your body so you can see the front motor mount, mounted at the midpoint of the engine. Place a 2-ton jack or jack with greater capacity onto a 6-by-6 length of wood. This wood will act as a stilt for the jack to reach the bottom of the engine.
  • Raise the jack upward, and place a 1-foot length of 2-by-4 wood between the jack head and the bottom of the engine. Set the wood so that it is aligned front to back under the Corolla, rather than side to side. Continue raising the jack upward until the jack rests against the bottom the engine. Align the jack and the wood plank so the engine is being supported in the middle, just to the inside of the oil pan. Do not place the wood beneath the oil pan.
  • Remove the two front motor mount bolts from the front frame, using a 1/2-inch drive ratchet and socket set. Turn the bolt counterclockwise to remove them from the frame and the motor mount completely. Remove the two motor mount hold bolts from the front of the engine on the Corolla, using the 1/2-inch drive ratchet and socket combination. Remove the engine mount completely from between the front frame and the engine.
  • Install the new motor mount against the engine first, and install the mounting bolts. Torque the engine side mounting bolts to 75 foot-pounds of torque, using a 1/2-inch drive ratchet and socket. Align the new motor mount with the frame of the Corolla, by utilizing your jack to slightly raise or lower the engine into position for alignment. Install the frame motor mount bolts and tighten them to 75 foot-pounds of torque, using a 1/2-inch drive torque wrench.
  • Remove the two rear frame motor mount bolts with a 1/2-inch drive ratchet and socket. Remove the rear engine mount bolts using the same tool setup. Remove the rear motor mount from between the rear frame and engine. Install the new motor mount on the engine side first, and tighten the mounting bolts to 75 foot-pounds of torque with a 1/2-inch drive torque wrench and socket. Use the jack again to align the rear frame bolt holes with the new motor mount. Install the rear frame motor mount bolts and tighten them to 75 foot-pounds of torque.
  • Lower the jack from beneath the engine, and position your body to maneuver the jack beneath the passenger side of the engine. Slide the jack sideways, beneath the passenger side of the engine, while leaving it resting atop the 6-by-6 piece of lumber. Raise the jack upward beneath the passenger side of the engine, on the outer edge of the engine. Turn the 2-by-4 piece of wood up onto its side to narrow your lifting ridge. Do not raise the jack against the oil pan. Lift the jack only until it rests against the engine bottom.
  • Step out from beneath the vehicle and raise the hood of the Corolla. The passenger side motor mount is accessed from the top of the engine on the passenger side of the car. Locate and remove the two passenger side body mounted motor mount bolts, using a 1/2-inch drive ratchet and socket. Remove the single engine mount bolt with the same tool setup. Remove the passenger motor mount from the Corolla completely.
  • Install the new passenger motor mount onto the engine first, and tighten the bolt to 75 foot-pounds of torque with a 1/2-inch drive torque wrench and socket. Align the two body mounting bolts and install them. Tighten the body mounting bolts to 75 foot-pounds of torque using your 1/2-inch drive torque wrench and socket.
  • Lower the jack beneath the Corolla, and remove the jack, the 2-by-4, and the 6-by-6 pieces of wood. Remove the two wheel chocks from behind the rear wheel of the Corolla. Start the car and reverse it off the vehicle ramps.

[edit] Tips & Warnings

  • There is only one variance in this project. The motor mounts are in identical positions between the 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter engine. The variance will be the location of the engine mounting bolts on the front and rear of the engine, based on whether you have an automatic or manual transmission. The difference is only that of a couple of inches, but the mounts are definitely not the same among the two transmission types. Be sure to ask your automotive parts supplier for the proper mounts, based on whether you have a manual or automatic transmission in the Corolla.
  • Never raise a vehicle on a slope or uneven ground. Raising a vehicle on uneven ground can cause jacks, jacks stands and vehicle ramps to collapse. Failure to adhere to this warning could result in personal injury, or even death, if the vehicle collapses onto you.
  • Never place your fingers or hands between a motor mount and any of its mounting surfaces (frame or engine). A slight slip of the jack or engine support could pinch your hands or fingers between the engine mount and any close surface. Always handle the mounts by the open sides, when mounting the front or rear mounts.
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