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Old 06-23-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Hey all. There's been a couple threads discussing this, but I just want to clear everything up.

I have a 99 SL so the video on Youtube showing how to test for a bad mount won't apply to me, I don't think. Is there any way to test whether the mounts are bad or not? I'm also a little confused...it seems there is a top mount which is located on the front right side, and then there's some underneath, yes?

My car does not feel like it idles rough per say, but the radio console thing shakes pretty bad and there's vibration on the right side (door I think) which leads to a VERY annoying rattle. The wheel has some vibration at idle as well. The car has 180k on it, and I'd guess probably original mounts because so far I've come across original ECTS, old rotors/pads, dysfunctional thermostat upon purchase, etc.

Long story short...just how many mounts are there, and can anyone get me a link on Advanced Auto with the parts I need? I need to do an oil change, and they always have some sort of discount when you spend enough, so I'm hoping to just purchase my oil/filter/mounts and save a bit of money. If it's not available, I'll purchase what I need anywhere, but on RockAuto all I see is 'front right' mount and I know there's something called a 'dogbone mount' under the car...should I replace that one as well?

Thanks. Any and all input is appreciated.

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Old 06-23-2013, 11:43 AM   #2
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Not sure how I ended up in Tech instead of General...Oops.

I had a look at the top mount, it looks like the frowny and it looks rusty and beat, for what it's worth.

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Old 06-23-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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You could start with the top mount. Frowny mounts even new can have more vibration. I prefer OEM. I have an AutoZone DEA solid style mount I used shortly trying to track down vibration. At this point your transmission mount torque struts are probably pretty worn. I had to replace transmission mount on my 99 SL2 due to noise, then torque struts. I bought Anchor torque struts at Advance and transmission mount at Rock Auto which was Anchor (could have saved a lot if all were from Rock Auto). OldNuc has the ideal combination if you search his posts. I purchased prothane inserts for my torque struts but did not have time to press them in so that is why I purchased at Advance. Burnt a valve shortly after at 219,000 miles. My combination of Anchor transmission mount and torque struts with a OEM top mount and newer engine is working well. If you do some searching you will find a lot of info on replacement.

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Old 06-23-2013, 01:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I reckon it can't hurt to replace it anyway...looking at it, it's clear it's not even remotely new by any means, so might as well use that as a starting point and move on to other things if it doesn't help. I sent you a PM.

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Old 06-23-2013, 01:45 PM   #5
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If the frowny's more than a year old it's a safe bet it needs to be replaced. If it's 2 years old or more I'd be driving gently so it doesn't break the timing cover or strip out the stud holes.

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Explanation of the four mounts used in your car
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23971
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...anyone get me a link on Advanced Auto with the parts I need?
You probably want to look at the part before you take it home. The problem is that Anchor used the same part number for both frowny and solid mounts, A2827.

You actually are suppposed to loosen & retighten the bottom bolts on the lower engine mount as part of replacing the top mount

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