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As of 2012 the Honda Civic has seen 40 years of non-stop production, and is sold in 160 nations worldwide. Honda developed the Civic with the wish of creating a car for all people and for the whole world. But even Soichiro Honda probably didn't anticipate the Civic having such a diverse following that ranges from the conservative who wants great fuel economy to the tuner guy who wants to get as much horsepower as possible out of a small engine. Regardless of what you use your Civic for, things like engine mounts eventually wear down and you'll need to replace them – on the 2002 model, the rear motor mount fails most often.
Items you will need
- Breaker bar
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Block of wood
- Box-end wrench
- Socket set
- Torque wrench
Loosen the lug nuts on either front tire using a breaker bar and socket. Lift the front end, using a floor jack. Slide a jack stand under each subframe rail and lower the front end onto the stands. Remove the front wheel. Place a wood block on the jack arm and position the jack under the oil pan. Lift the jack until the wood block just touches the oil pan.
Slide under the car and remove the center bolt – the bolt that holds the engine bracket to the mount on the subframe. Hold the nut steady with a box-end wrench while you remove remove the bolt with a socket and ratchet. If the bolt won't come out easily, lift the engine enough to take pressure off the rear mount.
Remove the two bolts that hold the mount to the subframe. Remove the mount and put a new one in its place. Tighten the bolts to 47 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench. Slide the center bolt through the bracket and the new mount. Install the nut, but leave it loose for now.
Lower the jack so that the engine is supported by all four mounts. Shake the engine forward and backward to neutralize the engine position in relation to the new mount – this is important to ensure longevity of the new mount. Tighten the center bolt and nut to 47 foot-pounds. Lower the car to the ground.
- Driving with one broken motor mount will lead to failure of the other motor mounts.
- Prodemand.com: 2002 Honda Civic: Components; Engine Mount; Specs; Figure 4 Identifying Mount and Bracket Bolts/Nuts With Torque Specs
- Honda.com: History - Continuous Advancement of The Civic