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2001 S60 Volvo Engine Mount

The center bushing in my S60 is broken. I want to replace the engine mount. It looks to me like there are four bolts holding the mount in place. There is a cover over one of the bolts. Is it a simple matter to just remove this plastic cover and replace the rear torque engine mount with a new one?

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Yes,, do exactly as you describe

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