When it comes to keeping your engine in place and your vehicle safe, the engine mounts (also known as motor mounts) are relatively simple components that perform an extremely vital function. Your engine generates a lot of torque and vibrations and the engine mounts keep the engine securely fastened to the vehicle chassis. They will have a metal bracket for support and a rubber seal that will absorb and minimize vibrations.
Unfortunately, engine mounts (especially the rubber gaskets) can wear out, become damaged or even crack over time. Then, you are looking at an unpleasant situation where the very heavy motor isn’t properly secured to the chassis. This can lead to all sorts of engine and structural damage within the vehicle if left ignored.
If you have a damaged or failing motor mount, here are three signs you can look for according to the auto repair experts at San Francisco Automotive Solutions:
1. The Engine is Moving
If you are driving and you can actually feel or hear the engine moving or shifting around (especially as you make tight turns or come to a quick stop), then there is definitely a motor mount issue that you will want to have repaired immediately.
2. Excessive Vibrations
Another common sign of a damaged engine mount is the feeling of heavy vibrations as you drive. This is often just one of the rubber seals being worn out and in need of replacement, so it’s best to get it fixed soon before it leads to bigger problems. Keep in mind that vibrations can also be associated with suspension, wheel/tire and exhaust system issues, so it’s worth having your vehicle inspected by a professional auto mechanic.
3. Loud Noises
These can also be known as “impact noises” because they happen when a broken engine mount allows the motor to shift around violently. It may be a loud clunking or banging sound—or sometimes a significant rattle—that will be a clear sign that something heavy like the engine or transmission is not secured properly to the chassis.
If you are in the Bay Area and notice any of these problems, bring your vehicle into San Francisco Automotive Solutions for a complete inspection and quality repairs backed by our warranty. Call us today at (415) 957-1170 or schedule your service appointment online.