There are a lot of moving parts inside a car engine, and if you were to bolt the engine directly to the body of the car, there would be terrible vibrations. You wouldn’t be able to speak without yelling inside the car.
That’s why there are engine mounts or motor mounts between the engine and the body. These parts are responsible for eliminating most vibrations and other noises from the engine.
Unfortunately, these engine mounts can sometimes wear out and cause some trouble. Let’s begin with a quick look at the signs.
Symptoms Of A Bad Motor Mount
The most common symptom of a bad motor mount is noises from under the hood when releasing or depressing the accelerator pedal. You may also notice violent vibrations or unnecessary engine movements. If you open the hood and the engine is tilted, that is also a sign.
Because motor mounts are not movable parts, there are just a few common symptoms that bad engine mounts can show. Here is a more detailed list of signs of a bad or failing motor mount to look for:
1. Noise from Under the Hood
The most common sign of all motor mount symptoms is that you may notice a strange noise from under the hood.
The engine mounts are provided to reduce the noise of the engine. So, if unnecessary noise reaches you, there can be something wrong with the engine mounts.
This is especially true if you hit a bump or pothole hard and a loud rattling can be heard in the engine compartment. If you hear something like this, you should contact a mechanic as soon as possible, because a defective engine mount can cause significant damage if it is not repaired in time.
2. Violent Vibrations
The engine mount is intended to dampen and reduce the vibrations of an ignited engine. So if you feel more vibrations inside the car than usual, there is probably something wrong with the rubber in your engine mounts. Rubber is a component that can wear out due to friction and extreme stress. The engine exerts both on the engine mounts, so it’s only natural that the rubber wears out, causing its vital functions to be impaired over time.
3. Unnecessary Engine Movement
This symptom will not be easily noticed. You may accidentally come across it when you open the hood to fill coolant into the radiator, or you may notice it after the other two symptoms appear. If the seal on the engine mounts loosens, the engine will begin to shake and vibrate violently. This movement can become even more violent if you press the gas and try to accelerate. The torque generated by the engine will further destroy the engine mounts, forcing you to make repairs as soon as possible.
4. Engine is tilted
If you open the hood and see that the engine is tilted to one side, it may sign that one engine mount is broken. Remember that some engines are fitted tilted from the factory, so to be sure of this symptom, you can google your car and the model to find pictures of how it should look like.
5. Engine jumps at idle
If your engine jumps at idle when you open your hood, it can be because of bad motor mounts. Just remember that a jumping engine on idle can mean many things. It’s not a sure thing that this is because of a bad engine mount, but it can be a sign of it.
What is a Motor Mount?
The engine is the heart of a car, and without it, a car is completely useless. To keep the car’s heart in place, you need strong connections that won’t let the engine fall to the ground. These connections are called engine mounts, and they are responsible for keeping the engine firmly in place.
Motor mounts come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have the same task: to prevent engine vibrations from spreading to the rest of the car. For this reason, engine mounts are made from a combination of metal and rubber. The metal is responsible for withstanding the engine’s weight and keeping it in place even when the engine is exerting extreme torque.
On the other hand, the rubber part is responsible for reducing the vibrations that can occur elsewhere. After understanding the functions of an engine mount, it should be clear that some symptoms can occur due to engine mount failure.
Motor Mount Testing
Motor mount location
The engine mounts are located on each side of the engine, and there is most often a third one on the opposite side to reduce the engine’s twisting on acceleration.
You often have to look from under the car to find them because they are most often installed on the engine’s bottom, though they can be on the top in some rare cases.
Motor Mount Replacement Cost
The average engine mount replacement cost is between $100 and $700, depending on the car model and labor costs. An engine mount costs between $50 and $200. For a typical replacement of the engine mount, the mechanic will charge you about $50 to $500 in labor costs.
Remember that the cost of repair is directly proportional to the make and model of your car and the availability of the part.
Your mechanic has to lift the engine with a pulley and chain and keep it lifted while he inspects and replaces the motor mount. Even with such a small thing as an inspection, your mechanic must lift your car and look under the engine mount. Given the nature of this operation, the mechanic will ask you for a lot of money for most car models.