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Old 01-09-2005, 12:22 PM   #1
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Got a 96 SL2 and it has a bad motor mount. I have checked the Torque Axis Mount and it looks good. No cracks or signs of it being worn down. My question is how do I know whether it is the tranny mount or the dogbones? I have looked at my engine and when I shift from Park to Drive, the engine moves a lot on the right side(side where the battery is on). This is also causing my flexpipe to shake during acceleration(sounds like a angry slinky). And also, I've been looking at the dogbones from SMS, any one have any feed back on them


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Old 01-09-2005, 01:28 PM   #2
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Hey Everybody,

Got a 96 SL2 and it has a bad motor mount. I have checked the Torque Axis Mount and it looks good. No cracks or signs of it being worn down. My question is how do I know whether it is the tranny mount or the dogbones? I have looked at my engine and when I shift from Park to Drive, the engine moves a lot on the right side(side where the battery is on). This is also causing my flexpipe to shake during acceleration(sounds like a angry slinky). And also, I've been looking at the dogbones from SMS, any one have any feed back on them
Examine them visually for cracks, missing pieces, or collapsing of the rubber or steel components.

The trans pad mount underneath the transaxle can be viewed easily by removing the splash shields in the left front fender well. Don't remove the wheel; just turn it to one side using the steering wheel to provide better access.

The trans strut (dogbone) can be viewed on top of the transaxle by removing some stuff from the front driver's side of the engine (e.g., airbox, battery, and/or battery tray... can't remember the specifics offhand, because it's been a few weeks since I did this myself).

The engine strut (dogbone) can be viewed underneath the crank pulley/harmonic balancer by removing the splash shield(s) in the front passenger footwell. Again, don't remove the wheel; just turn it using the steering wheel to provide better access.
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That lower trans mount is just a pad the tranny sits on. It doesn't fail NEARLY as often as dogbone mounts, that take a huge beating. Replace those, your tranny mount is fine.
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Regards ^^^^^, and in my case, it was the reverse ; the transmission mount had shrunk, while the dogbone was fine (changed it anyway, though).
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Well, thecar has 120,000 miles on it, so it might be time to change them all out anyway.
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