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Old 07-26-2005, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default Dogbone engine mount questions - 1996 SL2

First of all, yes, I did a search. I got some answers but not a complete picture.

1996 SL2 with 165,000 miles. I replaced the upper torque axis mount in the spring and, as expected, that removed a lot of the vibration. I have the lower transmission mount but have not installed it yet. Since the remaining two "dogbone" style mounts are still the factory originals, I'm thinking of just replacing both of them along with the lower tranny mount.

The first thing I need to know is whether or not the two dogbones are the same part number. And then I might need to know the part numbers, unless the part I found on Saturnparts.com is the correct one: "MOUNT, Saturn, Engine Mount Strut - 1.9L, DOHC" for $77.81 plus shipping.

Next, I don't have an install procedure for the driver side dogbone. I found a passenger side writeup from Wolfman at...

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31650

...but I could not locate anything for the driver side. I'd need to know the torque specs as well, the way Wolfman supplied them for the passenger side procedure.

Thanks for any and all advice.

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Old 07-26-2005, 06:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Dogbone engine mount questions - 1996 SL2

The driver side dogbone is under the airbox. Remove it and you will see it plain as day.

I must say though, the dogbone mounts rarely are the cause of any vibration, the stocks ones anyway.

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Old 07-26-2005, 08:07 PM   #3
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Default Re: Dogbone engine mount questions - 1996 SL2

The "dogbone" mounts are really more locating mounts. The upper engine mount and the lower trans mounts hold things up and can cause excessive vibration if they are not good.

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Old 07-26-2005, 08:29 PM   #4
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So do you guys recommend I just install the lower tranny mount and see how things are? The upper torque axis mount has already been replaced.

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Old 07-26-2005, 08:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: Dogbone engine mount questions - 1996 SL2

The "dogbone" mounts only dampen and control torque motion (twisting) of the engine and transaxle in the engine compartment. They are not load bearing and generally do not dampen or amplify engine or transaxle "felt" vibration at all. If you are not getting a notable audible "CLUNK!" when the transaxle is shifted from park to reverse or drive, or under heavy accelration when shifting, the dogbone mounts are probably just fine.

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Old 07-27-2005, 01:30 PM   #6
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Default Re: Dogbone engine mount questions - 1996 SL2

OK, thanks. I'll just install the lower tranny mount for the time being.

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