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  Leaky Freeze Plug...Removing Motor Mount - Posted: 12-28-2007, 05:41 PM
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I am trying to help a friend fix a 2000 Durango SLT (2wd). The freeze plug behind the motor mount on the drivers side is leaking a good amount (about 2 drops per second w/ 18 PSI in the cooling system).

We were able to jack the engine a little bit and remove the long bolt that attachs the motor mount to the suspension, but the motor mount bolts will NOT budge, they almost strip because they are in there so tight.

Any suggestions on how to get the motor mount off of the block so I can replace the freeze plug?

Also, are there any tricks for removing and reinstalling the freeze plugs?
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 Posted: 12-28-2007, 07:16 PM
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Spray everything really well with some lube, WD-40 or something, and let it set overnight..
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 Posted: 12-29-2007, 02:08 PM
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Would it be worth the hassle to remove the exhaust manifold to get better access to the motor mount bolts?

BTW I forgot to mention that it is a 5.9L...

What about getting the old freeze plugs out?
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 Posted: 12-29-2007, 10:33 PM
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Can you use a long chisel and knock the old freeze plug out?
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 Posted: 12-29-2007, 10:36 PM
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you might be able to get better access by taking the tire off, remove the plastic cover/ splash guard and going through there ....... I know the engine is tight so you may have to remove the maifold if you cant get room to work
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 Posted: 12-30-2007, 01:01 PM
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If I try to use a punch and 'twist' the freeze plug by tapping one edge, can the freeze plug fall completely into the motor?
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If I try to use a punch and 'twist' the freeze plug by tapping one edge, can the freeze plug fall completely into the motor?
it could but go slow and watch it twist ............ if it falls in alls you have to do is get some needle nose plies or a flat head screw driver and pry it back out of the hole
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dont let it go into the engine will be hard to remove. also put the new one in the freezer to shrink it so it will go in easier!!!!! then a little black RTV around the edge will help it stay in!
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 Posted: 12-30-2007, 04:48 PM
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Thanks guys for all the pointers!

Hopefully I can get the motor mount bolts out and get the old leaky plug out. Good idea on the Black RTV as well!
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