Motor mount or transmission? regarding a Saturn SW2 1993 wagon

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by kohlrabi_croce, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. hi all,

    When I drive the car, it makes a clunking noise whenever
    the gears shift. It's automatic. Then when the engine
    warms up a little, there's also a scraping noise. None of
    this is bad enough to make the car undriveable, but of
    course I don't like it. It seems like when I fill the gas tank
    completely, it gets a little better.

    Ok, so my b/f took a look, and had me change the gears
    from park to neutral to drive and etc. while he looked at the
    engine, with the hood open, and he noticed that when I shift
    gears, the engine itself moved. The whole friggin engine! So
    he said he though the problem was the motor mount, that
    maybe that needed to be checked.

    So what do you think, could it be the motor mount?
     
    kohlrabi_croce, Apr 15, 2008
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    Steve Guest

    Common problem, easy replacement. How many miles are on the car?
     
    Steve, Apr 15, 2008
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  3. yes, but which problem is it?

    I'm afraid I don't know how many miles because the odometer broke,
    but it was well taken care of before I got it, and I don't put a lot
    of
    miles on it. I only work part time, and when I'm not working
    I don't even drive it every day.

    I've had it 3-4 years.
     
    kohlrabi_croce, Apr 15, 2008
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    Doug Miller Guest

    Ok, so my b/f took a look, and had me change the gears
    from park to neutral to drive and etc. while he looked at the
    engine, with the hood open, and he noticed that when I shift
    gears, the engine itself moved. The whole friggin engine! So
    he said he though the problem was the motor mount, that
    maybe that needed to be checked.

    So what do you think, could it be the motor mount?[/QUOTE]

    Pretty hard for it to *not* be one (or both) of the motor mounts. The engine
    isn't supposed to move around, and if the motor mounts are good, it won't.
    Upper motor mount is the most likely.
     
    Doug Miller, Apr 15, 2008
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  5. Pretty hard for it to *not* be one (or both) of the motor mounts. The engine
    isn't supposed to move around, and if the motor mounts are good, it won't.
    Upper motor mount is the most likely.[/QUOTE]

    Thank you!
     
    kohlrabi_croce, Apr 15, 2008
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  6. Pretty hard for it to *not* be one (or both) of the motor mounts. The engine
    isn't supposed to move around, and if the motor mounts are good, it won't.
    Upper motor mount is the most likely.[/QUOTE]

    So if the replacement is easy, it should not cost me a whole lot
    at the mechanic, I hope.
     
    kohlrabi_croce, Apr 15, 2008
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  7. oh very good, my b/f tells me the motor mount is a simple rubber
    piece, I can
    just order it online this weekend, and get it done by an inexpensive
    place
    we know about. Whew, thank you!
     
    kohlrabi_croce, Apr 15, 2008
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    Bob Shuman Guest

    The rubber piece that is worn out comes attached inside something called a
    Torque Axis Mount (the top motor mount). You can purchase it at the dealer.
    Make sure you tell them the year and supply the VIN if they ask since some
    of these use a slightly different part (that requires slightly longer bolts)
    in the replacement kit.

    You should be able to do a google search on this or look it up on the Saturn
    Fans Forum. You can easily see how the rubber bushing has shrunk away from
    the metal motor mount and which most likely leads to the clunking you are
    hearing. Good luck.

    Bob
     
    Bob Shuman, Apr 16, 2008
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    hubops Guest

    Are there lower motor mounts that would suffer - after driving too
    long with a badly worn upper motor mount ?
    ... and perhaps need replacement also ?
    jt
     
    hubops, Apr 17, 2008
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    p_vouers Guest

    the lower mount is actually a transmission mount on the botoom
    opposite side of the upper mount. There are also 2 dog bomes, one on
    each side but I woul just do the upper and transmission mount. They
    are not cheap so buy them somewhere like advance auto that hve a
    lifetime guarantee. You'll have about $130 in parts, but they are real
    easy to replace yourself if you have a jack and piece of wood.
     
    p_vouers, Apr 17, 2008
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