What is a Right Engine Mount?
Would you believe me if I told you it was an engine mount...is a mount for your engine?
Okay, you’re probably not here for me to poke fun at your car knowledge, so let’s dig a bit deeper. Your car has multiple engine mounts.. The one on the right side is the right engine mount, as you've probably figured out by now.
One side of the right engine mount is attached to the engine, while the other side of the mount is attached to the frame of your car. The mounts serve two purposes. The first, and most important purpose is to hold up the engine. Engines are heavy. Like, really heavy. Like, get back in the gym if you think you’re as strong as your engine mounts heavy. But, naturally, you kind of need the engine to be suspended in the air if you want to drive. It won’t do all that much good sitting on the ground, right? So that’s where the mounts come in. They keep the motor attached to the car, instead of attached to the asphalt.
The second purpose of the engine mounts is to reduce the noise and vibrations that you experience inside the car. Think of your engine like a bucking bronco under your hood. It creates a lot of power or torque, and, if left alone, it will vibrate like crazy. That will shake your car. And it will be loud. And unless you’re into that kind of stuff, it won’t be enjoyable.
The engine mounts, which are made of a very strong rubber, hold the engine in place, and absorb many of those vibrations. That limits the noise the engine makes, and it limits how much it shakes the car. Many modern cars even fill their engine mounts with liquid, to aid in absorption.
Your car’s engine mounts are durable, and there’s a good chance you’ll never have to replace them. But they can wear out, and eventually begin to break. And then all that good stuff I described ceases to be true anymore.