Passenger motor mount removal


Asked by Sep 07, 2013 at 01:27 PM about the 2002 Dodge Stratus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Two aluminum heater hoses from the heater core are passing over the passenger side
motor mount. Am I supposed to disconnect the hoses?

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If doing so will allow you to gain access to the motor mount then yes. Or check from underneath. Can you get to it from there? HTH. -Jim


I took the hoses off. Thank you. Do you have any idea of how to take the power steering belt off?


It most likely has a serpentine belt. One large belt drives all the accessories? To release the belt you must find the tentioner and pull back on it. They usually have a square hole to accommodate a ratchet handle for this purpose. HTH. - Jim

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It has two v belts. Would you happen to know to break the nut free on the harmonic balancer?

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There should be a bolt on one of the accessories such as the power steering pump itself or alternator that when loosened will allow it to pivot so you can remove the belt(s). -Jim


Yes sir it was two bolts. Any idea on how to loosen the bolt on the harmonic balancer with out an impact wrench?


Remove one spark plug. Then using an air compressor fill the cylinder with compressed air to about 150 PSI. While the cylinder is filling the engine will spin some as the piston is forced to the bottom of the cylinder. So keep away from the fan or anything else that can injure you! Then use a breaker bar to remove the nut from the harmonic balancer. You can spray some lubricant like PB Blaster on it to help the nut come off easier as well. The compressed air will prevent the engine from turning while you break the nut free. HTH. -Jim


Sounds cool, unfortunately I don't have a compressor just hand tools.


Perhaps you can rent a compressor for the day? I'm sure there are other "ways" to do it but I wouldn't advise it. You'll risk damage to the vehicle and possible personal injury as well. I'd rather see you spend the money renting a compressor then on hospital bills. HTH. -Jim

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