1993 Ford Explorer motor mount

  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • 150,000 MILES
I had to pick up the motor to replace the oil pan gasket on the motor but I did it with out unbolting it from the transmission. All I did was undo the motor mount nuts and picked up the motor. Now I can get the passengerside back on the mount studs but the drivers side bolt holes are a lil behind the studs. What could be the cause of this?
Saturday, December 19th, 2009 AT 1:12 PM

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I am pretty sure you do not have a "dead center" weight distributed lift on the engine also know as a "Pick".
When you lifted the engine up. Did you notice any movement referring to the engine?

What I would do is. Get the engine just over the passengers side motor mount studs and then just drop it a bit more. Put the nuts on the studs like you were bolting the motor back down on the mounts.
The passengers side is now being "somewhat" slightly held in place. Lift up slightly on the engine and see if you have any play to get the drivers side mount lined up.
You might need to use something for a lever to get it in place. A long pipe, 2X4, etc. Make sure you are not prying against any component that will get damaged from the pressure. If that turns out to be a horror show. Take a break. And then loosen the bolts on the transmission support cross member, DO NOT remove the bolts from the cross member, just loosen them up and see if you have any luck getting the engine in place. The combination of the two should give you a little movement to get that drivers side mount back on the studs.

Good Luck;
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Sunday, December 20th, 2009 AT 9:04 PM

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