Toyowest Automotive


Engine Mounts

Engine mounts do many things besides support the engine in a vehicle's chassis. Many do not understand what the function of an engine mount is and how critical it is to have them functioning properly. Let’s take a look at just what they do and how they affect overall engine operation. First, the most obvious thing they do is support the engine in the vehicle's chassis. Second, they control harmonics generated by the engine running when they can no longer control harmonics vibrations can be felt through the steering wheel and dash area. Third, they control engine movement, as you accelerate the engine naturally wants to twist in a clockwise rotation when the mounts can no longer control lateral movement drive train operation is adversely. During acceleration and deceleration lateral engine movement must be controlled if not the transmission drive axle and drive shaft assembly are greatly affected mostly as a result of the harsh unwanted angles applied to them because of the excessive lateral movement and in some cases very destructive.

Another concern and one that gets overlooked the most is today's high tech vehicles have very tight engine compartments with lines, hoses, pipes, wiring, plumbing etc... all running alongside the engine these vital components can sometimes come into contact with the engine and become pinched severed or even smashed resulting in a system or systems to malfunction like air conditioning inoperative line, hoses, wiring harness leading to no start condition, loss of power steering, line or hose damaged. These are unnecessary repairs and could have been avoided in most cases if the engine mounts were addressed sooner. Our goal is save you time money and stress by using better methods when comes to your vehicles care and maintenance. One of the ways we do this is by being proactive by doing periodic vehicle inspections identifying loose worn broken mounts early before they become a problem.

Engine mounts come in all shapes and sizes from the most popular design all rubber to gel filled hydro-mounts, to today’s sophisticated computer controlled active mounts.  


Diagnosing and repairing engine mounts today requires a competent experienced technician. They understand how every mount works and how they all work together. If you have a question about your engine mounts be sure to ask your service facility all the right questions. Here are some common symptoms.



1) Vibration felt in the steering and wheel and or dash area when vehicle is idling in drive with foot on the brake pedal.



2) Clunking noise heard during acceleration



3) Clunking popping noise heard during deceleration



4) Whining noise heard during acceleration



5) Vibration felt under vehicle during acceleration