On the way home from work today, I did a second gear pull. Then got to a red light to make a turn and I heard what sounded like a failing power steering pump. Pulled over at a garage (was heading there anyway to buy some DSM parts), popped the hood..
Mount dug into the cam gears pretty good. First thing I did was remove the upper timing cover (had to jack the engine up first since it was so low) and made sure all my timing marks lined up. Cams and crank were perfect still.
One stud snapped in half, the other was still in but the nut was missing. So I put a nut on it and tried limping her home. Got on the throttle a little too much and this happened again. The other stud snapped. Same thing happened. Checked my marks, all good.
Put a bolt in one of the holes with a socket as a spacer since the bolt I had was very long. Made it home.
Tomorrow I am going to the junk yard to get the whole assembly. Mount and bracket. This happened on an ex-friends 2G as well. The torque from the 4G63 and 20 year old nuts, bolts, and studs don't mix well.
But is there more to it? Is something else wrong here? I don't want to get new stuff and have this happen again. This seems pretty common. What are you guys doing to fix/eliminate/prevent this from happening?