1989 Ford F-150 Motor Mount removal to get to freeze plug

Tiny
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  • 1989 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
I have a bad freeze plug on the driver's side at the motor mount. What do I need to do to remove motor mount. Do I need to support engine first with a jack. Then how many bolts or nuts do I have ro remove to get mount out of way to replace freeze plug. I really need help bad. I"m kind of stupid about this truck. Also do I need to take off the motor mount support bracket. It looks like it's revited in. I would greatly appreciate a response.
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 5:05 PM

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Tiny
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If your that inexperienced with repairs, this isn't the one to learn on. The mounts have to be disconnected on both sides and the engine supported and then that mount removed. If you don't remove the old plug correctly, it will fall into the cooling jacket and cause big problems. You will also take a rusty coolant bath if you don't know how to prevent it.
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 5:32 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for responding so quickly. However, I dont have a choice. I have to fix it myself. I have replaced motor mounts before, but I was able to do one at a time. This truck is different. I was told by a ford service center just to knock the old plug in the cooling jacket. LOL. That didnt seem right to me either. But I'll give this a try. Also do I have to remove the intake and exhaust Manifolds?
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 5:59 PM
Tiny
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No you don't. Check the top rear of the engine to make sure nothing is going to hit and break when the engine is lifted and make sure the hood remains open. You may have to remove the fan if it hits the shroud when the engine is raised.
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 6:18 PM
Tiny
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Just to let you know I DID IT. It wasnt easy but I fixed the problem. One thing though dont buy the freeze plug that you tap in. Its easier to use the compression type freeze plugs. Thank you for your help.
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Saturday, September 25th, 2010 AT 7:20 PM
Tiny
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It may be easier to install but it is no where near as reliable as the metal plugs.
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Saturday, September 25th, 2010 AT 7:22 PM

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