Engine Mechanical problem
2006 Ford Freestyle 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 69000 miles
I was advised today that I have one engine mount damaged and should be replaced. $800. Driving to Florida soon. Mechanic said ok for short trips and short term but he advised it is putting pressure on other two motor mounts. Should I repair now and would you risk driving to Florida from Ky without repair? I may be trading vehicle in fall.
Hi josephjrm. Welcome to the forum. I'm not sure what Ford makes their engine mounts out of, but $800.00 will get you five or six installed on most cars. What are the symptoms? Mounts have been made for many years in such a way as to not allow them to come apart, but depending on which one it is, it will let one side of the engine droop a little or the engine can rock back and forth more than normal. Either way, the added stress on the other mounts is not going to be significant.
Very often people don't even know a mount is bad unless there is a different problem that becomes noticeable when the drivetrain shifts position a little. The most common thing is a worn inner cv joint housing. As long as the rollers inside it stay within the worn area, you won't notice a problem. When the drivetrain shifts, it is possible for those rollers to move to a new position just enough to bind on the worn spots and cause a shimmy in the steering wheel, particularly when accelerating. This is just one example of what could happen. If the mount that keeps the engine from rocking forward and backward is worn, it could put extra stress on the flexible exhaust pipe coupler and it will twist wiring harnesses and hoses more than normal. Those things are normally designed to allow some engine movement which can't be avoided.
June, 21, 2010 AT 6:57 PM
I was not having any symptoms that I was aware of. I did not notice anything wrong with engine shifting when accelerating, etc. My mechanic said one was out and it would put stress on the other two. I don't know which one of the three. If not having any issues now and trading the vehicle off in less than a year, I would prefer to wait for repairs. Unless I am noticing any problems, would you suspect that additional problems would not show up until later?
June, 22, 2010 AT 2:47 AM
I mentioned the most common things already. Probably the best thing would be to get a second opinion the next time you have it in somewhere else for service such as an oil change. If you don't hear or feel an unusual clunking, vibration, or shudder, what would you have done if the mechanic hadn't mentioned anything about the mount? If a second person agrees with the need for replacement, ask them to show you what is wrong or ask them to show you the old part after it is removed.
I doubt waiting with the repair will cause a problem.