Engine Transmission Mounts

 Engine Transmission Mounts

A vehicle´s engine is a source of vibration, as it has many moving and rotating parts. To hold the engine to the car engine small rubber bushings, called mounts, are installed. These engine mounts are filled with rubber eliminate direct metal-to-metal contact between the engine and the car body, thus, helping to reduce the engine vibration felt inside of the car.  To further dampen the vibration, some engine mounts are filled with a special liquid that acts like a shock absorber.

 

In a typical car, the engine and transmission are bolted together and held in place by three or four mounts. The mount that holds the transmission is called the transmission mount, others are referred to as engine mounts. Engine motor mounts themselves are small parts that are meant to stabilize, as well as properly align, a vehicle’s engine. So, even though these mounts are small, they play a large role in the overall functionality of the heart of your vehicle and ensure that your horsepower goes straight to the ground, instead of being dissipated through vibration in your car´s engine assembly.

 

Given that engine mounts are made of flexible rubber they deteriorate over time. When any of these small engine or transmission mounts wore out or damage, it can lead to a variety of problems for your vehicle. The first symptom to note is an excessive amount of engine vibration felt on the passenger´s side. If you do not often have visitors sitting on the passenger’s side that can tell you something is wrong, place your hand on the passenger’s seat from time to time to check for excessive vibration. Another symptom of worn out or damaged engine mounts consists of the engine sagging or dropping to one side, again, there may be noises coming from the engine that will sound strange. A third, an extreme, symptom happens when engine mounts break off completely from an engine, allowing it to shift from one side to another, bouncing about. This is especially dangerous if you´re travelling at high speeds. Finally, bad mounts can lead to damaged belts and hoses specially when driving at high speeds, this can again lead to excessive noises, which will indicate that something is wrong and that your car engine must be inspected or repaired immediately.

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