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If you look under your hood, no matter what type of car you drive, you'll notice that there are various mounts strategically placed around your engine. These engine mounts are crucial to your vehicle's stability. When they break or start to wear out, it's important to address the issue immediately. – an engine with failing motor mounts will put undue stress on other parts of the drivetrain and the engine’s wiring harness.
Made of a combination of rubber and steel (sometimes with a fluid- or oil-filled core), the main purpose of engine mounts is to secure the engine and transmission to your vehicle's frame. They serve a secondary purpose of isolating shocks and vibrations, so the driver feels little to no motor movement. This not only increases driver comfort, it prevents damage that can occur when the engine moves inside the engine compartment. Your vehicle also has a torque strut mount that stabilizes the top of the engine, preventing damage to the drivetrain.
There are several indicators you'll notice if your engine mounts are starting to fail. You'll often hear a clunking or a bumping noise while you drive (especially when you let off the accelerator), or a loud noise when you engage your transmission. Vibrating coming from under the hood when you accelerate or drive up a hill can indicate that your mounts need replacing. Sometimes, the mounts are oil filled, and the mounts can leak this oil when they begin to fail.
If the engine or transmission mounts break in your vehicle, you'll want to replace them quickly. An unsecured engine tends to jump when you press the accelerator and cause damage to belts, axles or hoses, resulting in costlier repairs.
You can easily change your own motor mounts if you know where they're located. Many replacements take just a few hours and require special tools including a long extension or sometimes, a lift, depending on the mount's location. When you're looking for the right parts, trust our expertise to point you in the right direction.