Give your old SL2 some new life!

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by James1549, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. James1549

    James1549 Guest

    About every 3-4 years I have to replace the upper torque axis motor mount due
    to vibration issues. I noticed lately that my teeth were vibrating on cold
    mornings when I would drive to work. So off to Saturn I went to get another
    mount. Another new design! Take a look at the difference.

    I suggest you change yours over if you have the old style. The new part made it
    feel like new again. The part was less than $50 and took about 15 minutes to
    install. Now I don't have to go buy a new car!

    James1549, Feb 14, 2004
  2. I got the semi-solid lower mounts that seem to allow less movement on the
    TAM - of course the vibrations are more pronounced all the time and probably
    not for everyone...
    Jonnie Santos, Feb 14, 2004
  3. James1549

    Rick Guest

    On 14 Feb 2004 15:19:38 GMT, (James1549) wrote:

    Other than vibration how can one tell if this is needed??

    Rick, Feb 14, 2004
  4. James1549

    James1549 Guest

    Other than vibration how can one tell if this is needed??

    Rick, I am not sure what the scientific method would be to know if your mount
    is bad.

    But since I changed the mount, no more plastic rattles in the dash or doors,
    and the engine feels much smoother when idling and accelerating.

    James1549, Feb 14, 2004
  5. 50k miles and dash/door rattles at idle is one way to tell. I think I read
    that if you can get your finger between the rubber and the bracket (at the
    top) with the engine OFF, the mount has collapsed and needs replacing. I've
    gone through a couple on my 97SL2 with 80 something K. I quit checking
    after I got the semi-solid lower mounts.
    Jonnie Santos, Feb 14, 2004
  6. James1549

    user Guest

    Where did you get the semi-solid lower mounts?

    user, Feb 14, 2004
  7. Jonnie Santos, Feb 15, 2004
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    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    When they go, the collapse. If you can fit more than a pencil in diameter
    between the metal bracket on the fender and the part bolted to the engine
    block, it's time for a new one.
    Kirk Kohnen, Feb 15, 2004
  9. James1549

    Napalm Heart Guest

    I just ordered a set of the mounts from Twistec. $73.00 for the pair
    right now, including shipping (sale price). I'm getting some funny
    noises right now and those mounts look like they've got a lot of slop.
    Even if they don't fix the noises the old ones need to be replaced.

    Napalm Heart, Feb 16, 2004
  10. ....just a heads up that you're going to get some vibration with the mounts.
    They definitely have the cool factor (to me). How's the TAM holding up?
    Jonnie Santos, Feb 17, 2004
  11. James1549

    Napalm Heart Guest

    They sure look cool. I've been getting some vibration anyway, even
    with a new TAM. The 1 I got had the openings in it, which I filled
    with windshield urethane. It seems to be doing OK, but I'm going to
    give it a close inspection when I put the new Twistecs in.

    Napalm Heart, Feb 17, 2004
  12. ....too funny - one of the gearheads at the Saturn speedshop suggested the
    same thing as a temp fix for the gap in the TAM - he didn't specific what
    kinda of caulk other than silicone...
    Jonnie Santos, Feb 19, 2004
  13. James1549

    Napalm Heart Guest

    Seems pretty solid. It's been in there for about 2 years or so. I'll
    update when I check it out. Waiting for the new lower mounts.
    Napalm Heart, Feb 19, 2004
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    Rick Guest

    I just replaced mine on my 94 SL2. All I can ask is "why did I wait
    so long?" I replaced it yesterday and when I started it this morning
    I was amazed at how smooth it was. I guess I had grown accustomed to
    the vibration. Of course, I was in the parts store picking up some
    oil so I got stuck with a cheap aftermarket one. If the original
    lasted 10+ years I hope this will last at least a year or two.

    Rick, Jul 5, 2004
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    ProfWdesk1 Guest

    I have a 98SL2 ... should I replace some mount on it? ... Roy
    ProfWdesk1, Jul 11, 2004
  16. James1549

    Blah blah Guest

    Do you know what the upper motor mount looks like? Usually if you can
    stick your index finger inbetween the bracket and the rubber its time
    for a new one. Thats a real quick way to check them while they're being

    I cant find a pic of one but its on the front of the engine (passenger
    side of car) right on top. Its sorta shaped like a upside down "U"
    infront of the valve cover.
    Blah blah, Jul 11, 2004
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