In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change engine mount on 2006-2012 vehicles such as ML350, ML500, GL450, GL320, GL350, GL550, R500, R350, R320, chassis W251, W164, X164 chassis.
What you will need
Parts - Engine Mount
The left and right engine mounts are interchangeable.
DANGER: Risk of injuries caused by the engine or vehicle sliding. The following steps are for information purposes only. Continue at your own risk.
- Drive your Mercedes-Benz up on ramps. Once you get your car up on ramps, set the parking brake. Place jack stands to support the vehicle.
- It is highly recommended to use wheel chock to prevent the vehicle from rolling or sliding back.
- Open the hood and remove the metal plate on top of the engine. On Mercedes-Benz R Class you will have to remove two 16mm bolts at each strut tower. There is also a Torx 10 bolt at the center. Next, remove the engine cover.
- Remove engine air filter box and air duct to the filter box. You will need to remove two Torx 10 bolts for each filter housing. Remove both air filter boxes is necessary to allow you to access the engine mount.
- Support engine using a floor jack. Place a piece of wood between the engine and the jack to prevent damage to the oil pan.
- Remove the 16mm bolts on top of the engine. You will need to use Mercedes 16mm Offset Engine Mount tool. If you don't have this tool a stubby 16mm ratcheting wrench can be used. It will be difficult to reach to the top bolt because you can't see the top of the bolt/engine mount.
- Remove the splash shield from under the engine. It is held in place with several 8mm screws. Slide under the vehicle and look at the lower part of the engine mount. You will see two E12 Torx bolts . Remove both of them.
- Remove the bottom bolts for the other engine mount.
- Jack up the engine at the oil pan. Only jack up the engine about 1.5 inches. Jacking up the engine too much will put excessive stress on the various parts and hoses and can cause them to crack or break. Also shift the engine to the left or right of the car. For example, if you are changing the passenger side engine mount, shift the engine towards the driver side and also lift up the engine as allowed. This will give you more room to pull out the engine mount towards the back. Otherwise, you will not have enough room to slide out the old engine mount and install the new one. You need to be extremely careful when you remove and install the engine mount because the engine car fall if it is not supported properly.
- Getting the old engine mount out will be difficult. For the passenger side engine mount, we had to rotate it upside down in order to slide it out because the exhaust pipes do not allow you to easily remove the engine mount. The driver's side engine mount was much easier to remove because there was more open space on the driver's side.
- Install new engine mounts in the car and lower the engine on the new motor mounts.
- Tighten the bolts on the bottom according to specification. Tighten the 16 mm bolt on top of the engine mount. Install the engine cover. Lower vehicle. Inspect and drive the vehicle to ensure that the engine mounts are installed properly.
Please note that a mechanic may suggest the removal of the engine to change the engine mounts on these vehicles. That is one method. In this guide, we use an alternative method where removal of the engine is not necessary. Using this method you don't need to remove the engine or disconnect air conditioner compressor to change the engine mounts.
Changing the engine mounts on these cars is not an easy task. It should only be performed by experienced mechanics and DIYers. It is recommended to change both engine mounts at the same time even if one of them has failed. Mercedes-Benz engine mounts are oil filled and they can be hard to realize that the engine mount has failed until the mount completely fails and separates in half.