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My 2008 Taurus started to get really noisy. What started out as hearing the transmission shift slowly got worse. Recently I started hearing grinding noises. Almost sounded like the transmission was coming apart. Upon inspection I noticed the drivers side engine/transmission mount was bad. So yesterday I replaced the mount. A new mount is about 60 dollars online for OEM part.
It is fairly easy to do except for 2 bolts screwed into the frame UNDER the mount. There is limited space and it will take a while. Might be easier with the right wrench, which I didn't have handy.

To get tot he mount all you need to do is remove the battery, battery plate and air filter housing including the bracket that holds the air filter housing.. Support the transmission with a jack and then start unbolting the part that bolts the mount the frame (4 bolts) and the bolt in the center of the mount. Use a prybar to get the mount out. Use a small block of wood to tap the new mount into place.
My old mount was completely shot, metal to metal which explained the grinding.
Taking a drive afterwards showed it made a HUGE difference. The car is as quiet again as it should.
I am also going to replace the dog bone that sits under the car preventing torque from the engine twisting the engine. I inspected it and there is some play in it as well. Ordered a new one, also about 60 dollars OEM. This one should be really easy to replace.
 

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I did this on mine it was a pain... Not awful just kind of annoying since you have to move a bunch of stuff out of the way. Mine was SO badly shot when I replaced it. I'd recommend replacing the top mount on the other side too. That one is likely the next to go bad.
 

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I did this on mine it was a pain... Not awful just kind of annoying since you have to move a bunch of stuff out of the way. Mine was SO badly shot when I replaced it. I'd recommend replacing the top mount on the other side too. That one is likely the next to go bad.
Mine was also down to the metal. The inner metal tube just fell out of the outside. I could see the rubber was all the way worn thru to the metal. HUGE difference.

How easy/hard was replacing the passenger side mount ?
 

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Ok thanks. I'm getting a vibration in my steering wheel at 65mph and up. New tires, alignment, etc. Ball joints and tie rods are tight. Not sure if I'm looking at CV joints. Figured I'd think about the non-obvious easier fixes before tackling CV joints (which is why I was asking you about your mounts). I feel it in the steering wheel, a bottle of water in the console vibrates, and the passenger seat (when empty) shakes back and forth.
 

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Ok thanks. I'm getting a vibration in my steering wheel at 65mph and up. New tires, alignment, etc. Ball joints and tie rods are tight. Not sure if I'm looking at CV joints. Figured I'd think about the non-obvious easier fixes before tackling CV joints (which is why I was asking you about your mounts). I feel it in the steering wheel, a bottle of water in the console vibrates, and the passenger seat (when empty) shakes back and forth.
Probably not. You would feel it at very low speeds.
Is it only with the transmission in the 6th gear and you giving it some throttle? How fresh is your trans fluid and has it had regular drain and fills?

I think once the internal filter inside the transmission gets clogged it does something similar. I had a slight shudder in 6th gear,torque converter locked and a bit of throttle. See if it goes away by having it downshift?
I no longer own the Taurus.
 
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