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Old 02 Oct 2011, 10:50 pm
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Default Broken Motor/Trans mount?

so I've noticed that when i shift into second gear in my 03' limited, it seems to buck more than normal. It also does this when i downshift too. I wanna say its the trans mount, but I'm not totally sure. Any ideas?
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Old 03 Oct 2011, 12:14 am
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Default Re: Broken Motor/Trans mount?

I'm thinking a motor (or both) motor mounts. Actually, they're called "struts". Have someone watch your engine (hood up, of course) when you go from Park to Reverse; Reverse to Drive, Neautral to Drive, to Reverse, etc.

If the motor seems to move back and forth a lot, then you have worn struts.

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Old 03 Oct 2011, 08:58 pm
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Default Re: Broken Motor/Trans mount?

I've been told the rear "strut" is normally the first thing to wear out. Im having a guy do the timing belt and control arm bushings on it and he said he would lemme know if it needed new struts
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Old 04 Oct 2011, 12:17 am
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I don't know what a "rear" strut is. My 2003 PT Limited has a motor mount at the "center" on the passenger side of the engine. This item rarely goes, according to the many posts on this forum.

Above and below this passenger-side center motor mount is an upper strut and a lower strut. The rubber bushings in these struts DO wear out--the OEM ones very early on many PT's--thus allowing the engine to rotate back and forth too much while changing gears, or upon acceleration. Both my upper and lower struts on my 2003 PT went kaput and required replacement.

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Old 05 Oct 2011, 09:34 am
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Default Re: Broken Motor/Trans mount?

Of the roughly 50 or so PT's I've seen during my junkyard crawls over the past 4 years - Every Single One had a lower mount with busted rubber. I have been looking for one to just keep as a spare but never find either an aftermarket, or an intact one.

It isn't the sort of thing that you'll actually notice while driving though. When my upper went the car was significantly "jerky" and hitting the brakes was a little funky too.

The lower however - I just did my wifes lower and it didn't really change anything at all.
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