How to Install a Rear Motor Mount on a 2002 Civic

by Robert Moore

    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
    • Ratchet
    • Torque wrench
    Step 1

    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.

    Step 2

    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.

    Step 3

    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.

    Step 4

    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.