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Check your motor mounts!

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Recently did my front endlinks and bushings and discovered that my bottom front motor mount was torn in several places. No idea how long it's been like this, car has 80k miles, as I tend to forget to check it when changing the oil. Took me about 45nin start to finish, could be done quicker but I was working n a gravel driveway and it's 84 degrees here. Anyway, here are some pics of the mount in question...
     
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    Thanks for sharing, will definitely check mine.
     
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    Feels way better now. No more steering wheel shake and the clunk which I thought was another bad endlink is gone.
     
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    GOOD EYE'S! nice catch on seeing that AND for the follow up post referring to the BENEFITS of doing the replacement! Good confirmation of a "fix" from one exact model driver for the rest of members to know it may solve their issue on their ride.
     
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    If I let go of the wheel I could watch it shake back and forth. After I replaced the front endlinks and sway bar bushings it got better. Now that I replaced the front lower motor mount it only exists because I need new front tires. It's barely noticeable now.
     
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    My 2001 Stratus 2.7 Autostick (235K miles) has been through four front motor mounts, one rt side, one transmission, and one rear. I finally filled the spaces on the flast front one I bought with lots of RTV and let it dry before I drove it again.
    I use the autostick quite a bit, so there are lots of clunks i nthe front, despite a complete front suspension rebuild by me, new axles, etc. I have to replace the bearings soon though, they have about 45K on them.
    On my SHO, I took out the factory limiter and put on a large threaded rod/nut/washer setup that gives 1/8 slack instead of the factory 3/8". Haven't broken one in 100K miles. I wish someone would build a solid rubber mount for the front or some inserts to fill the gaps.
    TankII

    P.S. My new avatar is a Cricket/Avenger being used in early airbag testing... This particular test was a fail
     
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    Here's your insert for the front motor mount.

    http://www.polybushings.com/pages/1040.html
     
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    Thanks! I'll probably order them when the current unit goes - unless my RTV fix holds!

    Dave R
     
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    They just fill in the voids in the factory mount, it's not a full replacement bushing.
     
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    That is exactly what I did with the RTV, and it would have been nice to purchase a product that was a bolt in at the same time I was replacing the mount.
     
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    Had a buddy of mine help me try to chase down yet another clunk. He reved the car while I watched the motor...definitely moved too much. Looks like I'll be replacing the upper pass side mount next. You can see the tear open up when you rev the motor.
     
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    Here are some shots of the pass side upper mount that I just pulled out...
     

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    Nice detective work! I have been around FWD MOPARs for a long time and have found that most all the different models have a history of motor/trans. mount going bad. I think it is from softer composition rubber to reduce noise and vibrations from annoying sensitive drivers. Wish they would "firm up" the composition, and to heck with noise and vibe.s!!
     
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    I thought it was the strut mount till I saw this last weekend. Now the clunk that I've had since 9700 miles is gone, 82k now. Wish I would have checked the mounts sooner.
     
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    Well they say "hindsight is always 20/20" ! LOL Maybe now you will have less annoyances and MORE enjoyment during driving sessions now!
     
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    And...it looks like I’ll be changing the front mount again. Less than a year & a half and 22k miles later it already has a tear in it.
     
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    Can I suggest taking it easy on the drag strip takeoffs without raising anyone's "ire"?..lol
    With all that HP and torque, they should have opted for stiffer mounts all the way around for the model!
     
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    I think I’m gonna get the poly bushing insert this time around.
     
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    BINGO! Sure can't hurt doing that, other than the extra expense on the wallet!:)
     

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