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I recently had the airbags replaced and was notified by the service department that a couple of the engine mounts were bad. I wasn't totally surprised given that I have had some clunking noise coming from the front that I couldn't figure out on my own.

I have read a few threads about the Engine mounts going bad and was wondering if anybody has had any recent experience with them. I got the truck with 100k on it and now it has 132k. If I go over uneven surfaces you can hear a clunk and If i lift off the throttle and get back on it hard you can hear and feel a pretty good clunk noise coming form the front.

I really like doing my own work but it comes down to; is it worth just having the dealer take care of it, or is it easy enough to tackle on my own in my garage? Has anybody here done this themselves? How long did it take? Did you have the dealership do it? How much did they charge you?

I'm most likely just going to do it myself. I just want to here what other peoples recent experiences were.

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Jay
 

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If you have the tools and some kind of common sense knowledge you can do it yourself. Mounts aren't cheap. And if it was mine I only put OEM in my vehicles.

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Usually it's the frt mount (right behind the radiator) or the passenger side or both. One goes and then starts stressing the other.

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My engine mounts are cracked and the dealer said they should be replaced soon but I can keep using them until they start to separate. However, if I/you wait too long and one brakes, it can create some significant damage to the drivetrain and probably the radiator. If you put a lot of torque twisting (heavy acceleration, towing, etc.) on your Ridgeline, I would replace them soon.

As for the price and if I remember correctly, I think my dealership wanted about $2K for the repair because they have to take off all of the accessories and lift the engine so they can get to and replace the mounts. Plus Honda's special grease-filled rubber engine mounts are not cheap. Since the engine accessories have to be taken off when replacing the timing belt, it's probably cheapest to replace the engine mounts at the same time you replace the belt.
 

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My engine mounts are cracked and the dealer said they should be replaced soon but I can keep using them until they start to separate. However, if I/you wait too long and one brakes, it can create some significant damage to the drivetrain and probably the radiator. If you put a lot of torque twisting (heavy acceleration, towing, etc.) on your Ridgeline, I would replace them soon.

As for the price and if I remember correctly, I think my dealership was quoting a price of about $2K for they have to take off all of the engine accessories and lift the engine so they can get to and replace the mounts. Plus Honda's special grease-filled rubber engine mounts are not cheap. Since the engine accessories have to be taken off when replacing the timing belt, it's probably cheapest to replace the engine mounts at the same time you replace the belt.
I just had the timing belt replaced last year, I wish I would have known about that back then.
 

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Passenger side is easyish. Front is medium( Can be removed from the top). Rear is a PITA. and the drivers/trans mounts are easyish.

I would inspect the passenger side and replace the front first and see if that solves the clunk. And if you put the ridge in D and push firmly on the brake and slowly push the throttle on and off you should see the engine rock back and forth.
 

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Sometimes you can see the passenger side one. But the frt one or radiator side usually fails internally.

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I recently had the airbags replaced and was notified by the service department that a couple of the engine mounts were bad. I wasn't totally surprised given that I have had some clunking noise coming from the front that I couldn't figure out on my own.

I have read a few threads about the Engine mounts going bad and was wondering if anybody has had any recent experience with them. I got the truck with 100k on it and now it has 132k. If I go over uneven surfaces you can hear a clunk and If i lift off the throttle and get back on it hard you can hear and feel a pretty good clunk noise coming form the front.

I really like doing my own work but it comes down to; is it worth just having the dealer take care of it, or is it easy enough to tackle on my own in my garage? Has anybody here done this themselves? How long did it take? Did you have the dealership do it? How much did they charge you?

I'm most likely just going to do it myself. I just want to here what other peoples recent experiences were.

Thanks,
Jay
Leaking oil that lead to a oil pan reseal...also shed light on my right front motor mount that needed replacement 137K miles. I never experienced any vibrating issues, so it tells me the degradation was in the beginning stages and my mechanic caught it in time. Since then I have him check them all and am contemplating having him go ahead and replace the others.
 

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Hey guys, can you visually see the cracked mounts just by looking in from above with the hood open?
My passenger side one was leaking oil which was running down the frame rail and dripping off of my front bumper onto the floor. I had no idea they had oil in them until the leak started. Took about 2-1/2 hours to replace that mount. There's a lot of parts and pieces that you need to remove or relocate to get access to it. I've not had to do any of the other mounts so I have no idea how difficult they may be.
 

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My passenger side one was leaking oil which was running down the frame rail and dripping off of my front bumper onto the floor. I had no idea they had oil in them until the leak started. Took about 2-1/2 hours to replace that mount. There's a lot of parts and pieces that you need to remove or relocate to get access to it. I've not had to do any of the other mounts so I have no idea how difficult they may be.
Yeah, that looks like a tough one to get to. Those mounts seem to be a pretty common item to replace on our Ridges. I just pulled mine into a friend of mine who owns a transmission shop who says mine are fine. With my mileage, I worry about parts that I have never replaced, but my be bad or going bad.
 

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I recently had the airbags replaced and was notified by the service department that a couple of the engine mounts were bad. I wasn't totally surprised given that I have had some clunking noise coming from the front that I couldn't figure out on my own.

I have read a few threads about the Engine mounts going bad and was wondering if anybody has had any recent experience with them. I got the truck with 100k on it and now it has 132k. If I go over uneven surfaces you can hear a clunk and If i lift off the throttle and get back on it hard you can hear and feel a pretty good clunk noise coming form the front.

I really like doing my own work but it comes down to; is it worth just having the dealer take care of it, or is it easy enough to tackle on my own in my garage? Has anybody here done this themselves? How long did it take? Did you have the dealership do it? How much did they charge you?

I'm most likely just going to do it myself. I just want to here what other peoples recent experiences were.

Thanks,
Jay
Same issue with clunking sound. Brought it to a honda dealership and they found out that I had the wrong engine mounts installed. I bought it like that so the previous owner must have had the parts mixed up. It came down to $350 parts/labor. I have an extended warranty so I only had to pay $100 deductible. :) Clunking sound gone! Hope this helps.
 

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I just had my front and right motor mounts replaced at 112k miles on my 2006. The technician told me that when the front one goes out the right one is soon to follow. He also mentioned that it's not just a Ridgeline issue with motor mounts, it's any Honda with a V6. I still have some clunking from the front suspension, but one thing at a time.
 
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