Top 10 reasons why your car vibrates
Engine mounts, or engine mounts, are the parts that hold your car’s engine in place. If you’ve ever rummaged under your hood, the motor may be held in place just by getting stuck in there. In reality, it is attached to the car’s chassis by engine mounts, the appearance of which may vary depending on the size, shape and strength required for a given car.
Engine mounts are typically metal and rubber, and can be found nestled between the engine and the car’s “frame”. (The term “frame” is used loosely here, because the specific location of the engine in the engine bay determines where it will bolt, and that’s a little different for each car.) In other words, the engine will always be bolted to the structural components, although these components vary depending on the design of the vehicle.
The metal in the engine mount provides the structural integrity necessary to hold everything in place, and the rubber helps absorb engine vibration. Of course, both of these materials wear out over time and the engine mounts need to be replaced periodically. When the engine mounts are worn out, the metal no longer provides a firm support between the engine and the frame, and the rubber no longer absorbs all the vibrations from the vibrator. This is also probably a reason why you might suddenly or gradually notice shaking in the front of your car.
If you have a high performance car or a car that has been modified, you can have high performance engine mounts, which are made of a firmer material and don’t absorb as much vibration. There’s nothing wrong with firmer engine mounts, but some drivers find them boring.
Bad engine mounts could shake your vehicle, but what if those bad vibrations only kick in when you apply the brakes? Find out on the next page.