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Old 10-23-2007, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default 95 SL1 Motor mount question

With my hood up and the engine running....

.... If someone puts the car in drive (foot on brake, obviously) and then puts it in reverse, the engine shifts (lurches) what appears to be 2-3 inches forward or backward. I have to think it is going to rip something apart sooner or later.

One of my buddies viewing it believed it was probably a broken motor mount which would explain the somewhat noticeable vibration whenever I'm idling.

Q: Does that sound right? And, if so, how many motor mounts are there? Where are they located? Is it likely to be more than one? Can I determine it by viewing? How much would it probably cost? Can I do it myself?

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Old 10-23-2007, 01:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: 95 SL1 Motor mount question

Your issue is frequently advised on this forum.

Use the search with the words mounts or torque axis mount system.

I recommend that the upper engine mount and the lower transmission mount be changed and you will see a large difference in vibration. Both will be about $100 in parts and quite easy to change yourself. Go to youtube.com and search for Saturn mount and you will see video on how to change it. The how-to section in this forum is excellent.

There are two more parts of the system that are struts referred as "dogbones" that are quite resilent however are seen to need replacement sometimes. There is lots of info upon your search.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:47 PM   #3
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Default Re: 95 SL1 Motor mount question

The most likely cause is a broken upper mount. They need to be replaced every so often. Its the one next to the valve cover, outboard on the passenger side - not very expensive, not very hard to do.
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Old 11-08-2007, 03:05 AM   #4
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Default Re: 95 SL1 Motor mount question

Thanks for the replies.

I got around to buying and installing the uppper motor mount. It only cost $45 and it only took 20 minutes - thanks to the youtube video.

It made a ton of difference. I realize I could make it even better if I changed the tranny motor mount, but I can't imagine that one being anywhere near as easy.

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Old 11-08-2007, 08:14 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

I got around to buying and installing the uppper motor mount. It only cost $45 and it only took 20 minutes - thanks to the youtube video.

It made a ton of difference. I realize I could make it even better if I changed the tranny motor mount, but I can't imagine that one being anywhere near as easy.

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Old 11-08-2007, 12:39 PM   #6
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Default Re: 95 SL1 Motor mount & Transmission mount issue

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Fm > Len
One of my buddies viewing it believed it was probably a broken motor mount

which would explain the somewhat noticeable vibration whenever I'm idling.
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Fm > Yazhere
I recommend that the upper engine mount and the lower transmission mount be changed
I strongly 'second' his recommendation. Both the Upper Engine Mount, as well as the Lower Transmission Mount.

Also, if you want to verify that your upper engine mount is failing,


Upper Engine Mount Measuring for "failing"; 1st Generation design.>Here<.

>>> Picture of Upper Engine Mount, and a way to measure/determine if it is "failing".
>Here<
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I strongly 'second' his recommendation. Both the Upper Engine Mount, as well as the Lower Transmission Mount.

Also, if you want to verify that your upper engine mount is failing,


Upper Engine Mount Measuring for "failing"; 1st Generation design.>Here<.

>>> Picture of Upper Engine Mount, and a way to measure/determine if it is "failing".
>Here<
He's already replaced the Upper Engine Mount......so I am hoping that this part http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73563 was taken care of or gets taken care of soon
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