When a vehicle’s engine is running, it produces a lot of vibration. An engine mount reduces these vibrations to acceptable and comfortable levels for the vehicle occupants.
If you notice an unusual vibration when stopped at a stoplight, it could be that an engine mount is failing. This phenomenon isn’t a cause for alarm, but you have to take care of it as soon as possible. Ignoring the issue could result in higher expenses in the future.
Engine Mount Function
Engine mounts secure the engine and transmission to the car’s chassis. They comprise rubber-coated metal brackets or bolts. The rubber in some of them has fluid-filled chambers. They stabilize the engine and transmission unit while absorbing vibration and resisting torque.
How Can You Tell If Your Engine Mount Is Failing?
When you stop at a red light, the first symptom is a shake in the steering wheel. If you move into neutral and the vibration goes away, this is a sure sign of engine mount failure.
If you ignore the situation, it will only get worse. The engine or exhaust may hit the undercarriage of your vehicle.
Engine mounts failures are difficult to see. However, if you can get your eyes on one (which generally entails going underneath the car), you may discover symptoms of wear, such as cracks or splits in the rubber sections.
Engine mounts can last a long time. You shouldn’t have any issues for at least five years, and some vehicles can last much longer.
What Does It Take to Replace an Engine Mount?
You do this (usually) from the vehicle’s undercarriage. The most critical thing is to keep the engine and transmission supported and off the mounts.
Each mount secures to the vehicle’s chassis and subframe, as well as the engine. To replace an engine mount, undo all bolts and move it out of the way.
Install the new engine mount in the same position as the old one and torque the bolts to the appropriate torque. Remove the air conditioner compressor and starter to access the mount (if required).
On most vehicles, replacing an engine mount is a quick job with the appropriate hoist or lift, engine support, and other tools.
However, if you try to do it in your garage or driveway, it might take several hours and put your finger, hand, or arm in danger of being crushed between the engine and the chassis. Instead, get someone to do it for you. If you require a skilled expert to handle this for you, our professional staff at A1 Performance Repair can help. Phone us right now, and you’ll be glad you did.