The Risks of Driving with a Damaged Motor Mount

Whether you prefer to call them motor mounts or engine mounts, these simple connections are among the most important in your vehicle. They are what hold the engine in place atop the chassis. They use a combination of metal connections and rubber seals/pads to hold things in place and minimize the vibrations as the engine runs.

A car’s engine generates a ton of power and torque and that’s why it’s so important to have healthy motor mounts. Over time, the rubber seals will often crack or wear out, and this leads to big risks. If the engine starts to move around, even just slightly, it can lead to engine issues, chassis/frame damage and handling problems. To put it bluntly, it’s very unsafe to drive with a broken or weak engine mount.

According to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive, there are a few signs that you can look out for to let you know that one or more of your motor mounts might be damaged:

1. Impact Noises

In the auto repair industry, we call them “impact noises” and they are often associated with an engine that is shifting around under the hood because of a damaged mount. Clunking, rattling or loud bangs are the sounds most commonly associated with a bad engine mount.

2. Significant Vibrations

Usually when one of the rubber mount seals begins to deteriorate, it will cause significant vibrations that you will be able to feel as you drive the vehicle. This is a good problem to catch early before it potentially compounds into a completely broken mount. Replacing a rubber gasket is much easier than repairing something much more serious. Heavy vibrations can also be a sign that there is a brake, suspension, wheel alignment, wheel hub bearing or exhaust system issue. It’s always a good idea to get your vehicle looked at by a professional mechanic if you feel it vibrating a lot while driving.

3. Moving Engine

If one or more of the motor mounts actually does break, then you may feel the engine shift around while you drive. You may notice it sliding backward when you accelerate quickly or forward as you come to a sudden stop. Or, it can shift side-to-side as you make tight corners. These movements will likely be accompanied by one of the impact noises as described above.

Engine Mount Repair at Simard Automotive

If you notice any of these signs of a damaged or broken motor mount, do not wait to get your vehicle inspected by a trustworthy auto shop like Simard Automotive. We can diagnose the problem and make the recommended repairs to get you safely back on the road with the engine securely in place.

Call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave. Airport Shop) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd. Chevron shop). Or, you can book your service appointment online.

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