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Old 02-14-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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How do I test a passenger motor mount on a 2003 Ford Focus SE to see if it's bad or not?


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Old 02-15-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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whats your mileage?

the tell tale sign of a bad pass mount is a vibration at idle but not while moving. Chances are if you have over 100K on the clock its time to replace.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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in the past 4 weeks i have changed all my mounts out to polyurethane. i like it. my old mounts had 171,000 on them, so there was a noticeable difference. and i don't think the extra vibrations from all poly is that bad. totally fine
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like 116100 miles.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:42 PM   #5
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one way to "test" it is to eliminate the other typical sources of a rough idle - the usual suspects like ignition components and vacuum leaks to name a few.

once you've done all of that, it's basically a $125 crapshoot, but one that you're likely to win.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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one way to "test" it is to eliminate the other typical sources of a rough idle - the usual suspects like ignition components and vacuum leaks to name a few.

once you've done all of that, it's basically a $125 crapshoot, but one that you're likely to win.
if i can squeeze the passenger motor mount does that mean its bad? Shouldnt it be solid and also its starting to crack.
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I would say that it is bad. I just purchased my focus over a month ago at a state auction, when I bought it I noticed that it vibrated at idle and that it vibrated some of the interior panels. I researched and researched and seemed that the most likely culprit was the passenger side motor mount. I spent the money at the dealer to get the OEM part and took me 15 minutes to install.
Upon removing the old mount I saw where the fluid had been seeping out. Upon replacement all vibrations are "virtually" nonexistent. Since you said its squishy, has cracks, and has plenty of miles on it I'd say you found the culprit. But as previously stated if you're car needs a tune up or has a vacuum leak then it may not fix the problem for you so check there first.
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Theres a couple ways...

one sign of a bad mount is vibration throughout the car on idle. very easy to detect, another way to tell is by opening the hood and starting the engine, if the engine is vibrating or moving one or more of the mounts are bad. and another way is by physically examining the mount.. if it is squishy and not firm then its bad.


words of advice, try to buy the Ford motorcraft passenger mount, the aftermarket ones tend to vibrate more form what ive heard. i had mine replaced with after market ones and i still have slight vibration while on idle.. more so in the cold.
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if i can squeeze the passenger motor mount does that mean its bad? Shouldnt it be solid and also its starting to crack.
probably, but its external appearance/feel can be deceiving; age/mileage might be a more reliable indicator. Mine looked & felt okay and had no oil leaks, but I replaced it with a dealer part and 80% of the vibrations/noise immediately disappeared. Poof. I'm betting that the new (Ford) driver's-side mount sitting in a box in my garage will take care of the remaining 20%.

And fyi - Tousley Ford in MN can get you those parts a whole lot cheaper than your local dealer.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:25 PM   #10
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probably, but its external appearance/feel can be deceiving; age/mileage might be a more reliable indicator. Mine looked & felt okay and had no oil leaks, but I replaced it with a dealer part and 80% of the vibrations/noise immediately disappeared. Poof. I'm betting that the new (Ford) driver's-side mount sitting in a box in my garage will take care of the remaining 20%.

And fyi - Tousley Ford in MN can get you those parts a whole lot cheaper than your local dealer.
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...2327&ppt=C0019

is this the only part I need to replace it or do I need a bracket too?
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