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Old 09-28-2013, 07:26 PM   #11
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Adding my 2c from experience... avoid aftermarket mounts. I swapped mine and the vibration was worse. I put up with it for 5K miles or so and finally got fed up and purchased the Motorcraft ones. Like a new car now....
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:46 PM   #12
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Alright, so I just wanted to follow up with a review after installing new motor mounts.

I remember when I bought this car with 44k miles, the first thing I mentioned to the salesman on the test drive was that the car felt like it needed motor mounts. It wasn't unbearable, but it was more vibrations than I was used to from any other car. He had the service department check the car and they said it was normal, so I accepted that response and figured maybe it was normal for an economy car.

Anyway, so finally at 130k I've had enough as the vibrations have gotten worse. My dashboard and hood would rattle and drove me crazy.

Now after installing new motor mounts, the car is smoother than it was when I first bought it with the 44k miles. I'm extremely surprised as the difference is beyond what I had imagined.

No more rattles or vibrations. The car also seems quieter, I dont really hear the motor revving anymore, on the highway it is also quieter. I do not hear or feel anything from the motor at idle, no vibrations from the steering wheel, the transmission is also shifting butter smooth, and I did not think it was shifting harsh before the new mounts. Before I could feel the transmission engage when shifting into Reverse or Drive, now I feel nothing. It feels and sounds like the the motor is off when its at idle.

So now I'm just questioning how long these will last considering I felt vibrations at 44k miles. I'd hate to have to do motor mounts every 50k miles or so. The parts cost $254 for all 3 (OEM) and the labor was $280 at my local dealership. So about a total of $530 which I don't think is that bad.

Here's some pics of the old mounts. 1) the tranmission dogbone mount looked fine to me. 2) the mount on the passenger side looked a little dry rotted but not totally trashed. 3) the driver side mount, under the battery, was completely shot and torn right through on both sides.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #13
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I'm at 100k and thinking it will be time to do them now that the weather is colder, I get vibration in my feet/pedals when I first start it and drive it cold...
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:13 PM   #14
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My whole dash growls.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:02 PM   #15
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Over the past few months Ive been noticing the cover panel under the steering column and other various locations on the drivers side of the dash are rattling on idle and acceleration at certain rpms, mainly at around 1200 to 1300 rpm.
My hood always does this up and down dance at idle and the vibes from the engine overall has become harsh.
Also the car has had this strange shimmy on hard acceleration sometimes. I initially thought it might of been the transmission somehow, but there's times i can accelerate hard and there is no shimmy.... Go figure?
At first i thought it was the nature of the beast then i remember the 2011 Focus SES rental car i drove for one week back 2 years ago didn't have any of the aforementioned vibration or shimmy at all, granted it had 11k on the clock at the time but my 2011 SES has a little over 29K on it now and id expected it to be just as smooth?!
But then i also have to remember that my vehicle went through 2 separate collisions, one on the front drivers side that was repaired and the second one the rear drivers side that totaled the car, so im thinking the careless "percussive maintenance" the car endured before it was rebuilt could of damaged the mounts initially and now with normal use once again is progressively getting worse!?
When i have the opportunity and the weather cooperates ill have to give all 3 mounts the hairy eyeball and see whats up!?!?
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:32 PM   #16
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I bought a 2011 SES a couple months ago. It had quite a bit of vibration at idle which I suspected was a bad mount. Took it in and they found the liquid filled mount to be bad. They replaced it and it is nice and smooth now. Car has 56K miles.
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To all of the above, I'd go for a poly dogbone as thats the roll restrictor= keep the motor from rocking.
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There are a total of three right?
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There are a total of three right?
Yes, the main hydraulic mount on the passenger side, a transmission mount under the battery and a dog bone transmission mount on the underside that keeps the engine/transmission from rocking.
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After doing a simple inspection of my mounts im suspecting the dog bone mount as the possible culprit from my excessive vibes. i can rock the engine back and forwards quite easily and hear a slight clunk as its rocking. If i can get some good weather ill get under the car and inspect it, otherwise the 10 inches of snow that's everywhere is stopping me!!!
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