...speaking of motor mounts ..

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by hubops, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. hubops

    hubops Guest

    2002 SL1 110,000 km
    I bought the car in 2006 at 50 months old ; 65,000 km.
    Saturn dealer told me, at my first service visit that the upper motor
    mount was worn & needing replacement.
    I figured that it should be a warranty repair - he said no.
    Then I asked why only 4 years 65,000 to wear out the mount.
    He replied that it was an aftermarket mount - poor quality.
    I then asked why the OEM mount wore out BEFORE 4 years 65,000 !
    ..... to require an aftermarket - long before I bought the car.
    Errrrr.. hummmm. hemmm ..
    So long Saturn dealer.
    Question - at what point should I be concerned about the motor
    mount wear ? When I notice some sort of vibration ?
    What sort of costs would I expect for labour / parts ?
    Thanks ; John T
    hubops, Apr 16, 2008
  2. hubops

    DLR Guest

    In general motor mounts should last for years unless the environment attacks whatever seals the rubberish lump to the metal.

    Or it could be an indication of an accident or someone who really drives a car hard. Especially with a manual shift.

    Back in my teens (late 60s) I saw one or two where the rubber had split into 2 pieces but that was years ago.

    Or at times some things just wear out sooner than expected. ;)

    DLR, Apr 16, 2008
  3. hubops

    marx404 Guest

    on a 2002 model that has already gone through 2 motor mounts I would have
    also been concerned. Aftermarket mounts shouldn't matter. Sounds like you
    were shopping the "bargain basement", so caveat emptor, dude. Older Saturns
    have a 3 yr, 36,000 mi. warranty anyways. S-series did go through mounts
    once in a moon but not that often unless the car was raced or driven hard.
    marx404, Apr 16, 2008
  4. I had a bad experience at the Saturn dealership too.

    They tried to sell me all kind of repairs that the car didn't need.
    Along with the engine problems, I had one flat tire, so they
    automatically wanted to sell me four new tires.

    I bought no tires from them, and took my car out of there.
    I was half afraid they wouldn;t let me take it!
    kohlrabi_croce, Apr 17, 2008
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