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Old 10-17-2015, 03:08 AM
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So bought a 2nd hand prelude about 2 weeks ago and in Australia it is illegal to have a pod filter without a bracket, I bought a bracket and found that there is only one screw that would be perfect for screwing in the bracket (my mistake was not knowing it was one of the main screws) I unscrewed it and the part in the middle that the screw was holding dropped, no biggie, i put the bracket in and levered the part with a screwdriver to get the bolt to go back in, after a long time of screwing it in i realised its not moving near the end, it looks like it can't go in the thread at the back, not sure whether it somehow needs to be lifted or something but I cannot possibly get it in, I had to take the battery out to do this but I cannot remove the pod or the bracket as I have no original airbox and its illegal without the bracket (keep in mind the bracket is aluminium and bends easily, its not stopping the bolt in any way)

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and the back of it where the screw isn't going into


Any help would be greatly appreciated as I really want my car back on the road :/
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Re: Big issue during a simple job :/ help appreciated

Whoa dude, that's your transmission/engine mount. The bolt will eventually go back in but only if it is lined up correctly first. It doesn't look like it's far enough in to meet the thread either, maybe tap it a little (softly) with a hammer and see if that helps. Worst case you might have to take the weight of the engine off the mount a bit to get it to go if it keeps dropping out of line. The other mounts should be holding the engine in place fairly well (assuming they're not busted) so it shouldn't take much to lift it.

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Re: Big issue during a simple job :/ help appreciated

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Whoa dude, that's your transmission/engine mount. The bolt will eventually go back in but only if it is lined up correctly first. It doesn't look like it's far enough in to meet the thread either, maybe tap it a little (softly) with a hammer and see if that helps. Worst case you might have to take the weight of the engine off the mount a bit to get it to go if it keeps dropping out of line. The other mounts should be holding the engine in place fairly well (assuming they're not busted) so it shouldn't take much to lift it.

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Thanks for the reply and explanation, I think its as far as I can get it, I tried tapping it with a spanner to see if it goes in any further but it doesnt seem to, would it work if I jacked up the bit that its holding? worst part is I cant see from inside the nut on the other side so I dont know whether its too much to the left, right or too far down, i figured if i got it in so far and all the way through one side then it should just be a tiny bit down if anything, anyhow I will try jack it up as I just finished work and post an update if I can get it back in, thanks again.
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Re: Big issue during a simple job :/ help appreciated

Update: I tried levering the mount with a screwdriver, tapping the bolt with a wrench (100% sure its at the end where the thread starts) it just keeps spinning around in one spot, is there literally anything else i can try? its a pretty **** spot to, I really don't understand how it can be this hard to simply align it to go in unless there is something wrong with the thread? Is it safe to drive the car to a mechanic like that if I put the battery in or is there something else I can try to do to get it in? I only have the stock jack and the car is lowered, when i tried jacking it up it just lifted the car and it should already be aligned enough to just lever it slightly if its that far in? Any help is appreciated
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Re: Big issue during a simple job :/ help appreciated

Eryk,

Try placing a jack under the engine. Put a board on the jack to spread the weight out and take some of the pressure off the mount. You could also loosen but not remove all the other mounting bolts to get a little more movement to allow it to line up. Once you get all the bolts started tighten them all back up.

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Eryk,

Try placing a jack under the engine. Put a board on the jack to spread the weight out and take some of the pressure off the mount. You could also loosen but not remove all the other mounting bolts to get a little more movement to allow it to line up. Once you get all the bolts started tighten them all back up.

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Thanks I will try that tomorrow, actually pretty hard to do as I don't even have a board to use but I will figure something out, where are the other mount locations?
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Re: Big issue during a simple job :/ help appreciated

Mine did that on the rear mount so I took the bolt to a grinding wheel and filed it to a point so It would go in the nut and grab.
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thanks for the help guys, got it sorted :)
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