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Engine mount question

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by schwinnman67, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. schwinnman67

    schwinnman67 FEOA Member

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    I know about the TSB for vibration and modifying the crossmember, but need to know if ford "fixed " the crossmember after certain production dates? I need to replace my front (by the radiator mount) and I want to install the rest of the updated mounts (and fender bracket), but don't want to go through the drill and cut procedures for the crossmember.
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    If you have a manual trans I would just put in the Energy Suspension poly inserts.
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    Poly inserts are likely to make vibration issues worse, not better.

    If your stock mounts are sound, sometimes just loosening all engine and tranny mounting bolts and nuts and running the engine and shifting between forward and reverse a few times to equalise the strain on all the mounts and then retightening, can help with vibe issues.
    This assumes that the engine is mechanicly sound and well tuned with no idle speed probs.

    I don't know if, or when, the factory addressed the vibration problem at the production level. Maybe there are some dates given in the TSB??
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    schwinnman67 FEOA Member

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    My ZX2 is an automatic.

    I had a 99 a few years ago and I did only the front (above crank pulley) and trans mounts only and it helped a lot. Shortly after that there was a 2000 traded in where I worked that had a vibration and the whole TSB had been done on it already. They sold it as is and just recently (9 years later) I saw that car in a pull and save......

    I guess I can start with all the mounts (the one by the rad is cracked and appears to be leaking fluid, didn't think those were fluid filled)...
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    If you want you can use the rear poly mount from the Energy kit. The front won't work since it's different from the manual tranny mount. It will at least last longer than a new replacement mount.
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    part of the issue when people try to do the tsb fix at their house is that the car is not lifted evenly so the mount is loosened and tightened while the car is not even so the vibration may still remain.

    if vibration is the main complaint, don't even consider the poly insert. I have this in one of my cars only. One of them only for a reason. The car is shakier than the others especially with the AC on since the install of the mount

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