As the owner of Rob’s Import Repair, I have seen firsthand the challenges that come with maintaining and repairing European and import vehicles. One of the most common issues that I see in these types of cars is motor mount failure. In this article, I want to educate my customers and fellow auto repair enthusiasts about the importance of motor mount repair and how to spot the signs of a failing motor mount.
First of all, it’s important to understand what a motor mount is and what it does. A motor mount is a piece of hardware that attaches the engine to the frame of the car. Its main purpose is to reduce vibration and noise from the engine while it is running. Motor mounts also play an important role in keeping the engine in the proper position, which helps to maintain proper alignment of the drivetrain components.
There are several signs that a motor mount may be failing. One of the most common symptoms is an increase in vibration and noise coming from the engine. If you notice that your car is shaking more than usual or you can hear a clunking noise coming from the engine, it’s possible that one or more of your motor mounts may be failing.
Another symptom to look out for is an engine that seems to move around more than it should. This can be caused by a failing motor mount that is no longer able to keep the engine securely in place. If you notice that the engine seems to be shifting around or the hood of the car seems to be bouncing up and down when you drive, it’s a good idea to have your motor mounts checked.
If a motor mount is failing, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible. A failing motor mount can cause damage to other parts of the car, such as the transmission or the drive shaft. It can also lead to poor fuel economy and increased emissions.
The good news is that motor mount repair is a relatively straightforward process. Most of the time, a failing motor mount can be replaced with a new one. This involves lifting the engine out of the way, removing the old mount, and then installing the new mount.
It’s important to remember that motor mount repair is not a DIY job and should be done by a professional. Improperly installed motor mounts can cause serious damage to your car and even put your safety at risk.
In conclusion, motor mount repair is an important part of maintaining your European or import car. If you notice any of the symptoms of a failing motor mount, it’s important to have your car inspected by a professional as soon as possible. With proper care and maintenance, your motor mounts can help keep your car running smoothly for many years to come.