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Old 01-16-2013, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently had the motor mounts replaced on my 2004 Sable with the DOHC engine. After the motor mounts were replaced I now notice a vibration throughout the passenger compartment (you can feel it through the steering wheel, brake pedal etc). The car vibrates at idle...not serverely but enough to get on my nerves. I took the car to the dealer today and they could not find any driveability problems (check engine light, stumbling, hesitation, etc). They also said the motor mounts appear to be properly installed.

That being said I believe the shop that installed the motor mounts used aftermarket motor mounts. I did some research in this site and some people have had bad luck with aftermarket motor mounts. Should I just try dealer (Motorcarft) motor mounts?

The dealer was puzzled at the vibration and acknowledged the vibration at idle but did not know what the cause was. The service tech at the dealer said some cars with high mileage get "mystery" problems that are sometimes never figured out.

Any help is greatly appreicated as I have been chasing this vibration forever.
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Anchor brand mounts have a bad rep. Dunno if that's your problem.
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I believe it is normal to feel a bit more vibration after installing new motor mounts, specially if you install solid motor mounts instead of those filled with fluid, but it shouldn't be anything severe. If the car works fine as is leave the motor mounts alone. I'd hate having to pay 300% dealer markup for the motorcraft motor mounts (even though I did for two of them..)
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It does sound like the replacement mounts were not liquid filled. I would call the shop and ask what they used. At least that would clear the mystery up. The Duratec is a naturally buzzy engine without the right mounts. Drive an Escape 3.0 and find out how bad they can be.
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Only the motor front right and transmission mount are supposed to be liquid filled in OE version.
I saw the transmission one in solid filled version too.
Amazon and Rockauto have them by Anchor and DEA - DEA in non-OE and OE version.

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The Duratec 2.0 in the Focus Is VERY buzzy and vibrates a lot as well.My dad has one and its always been like that, feels like somethings wrong with it, but I guess I'm used to my smooth Taurus
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