The Average Cost for Engine Mount Replacement Is $15-$1,000 Depending on if You Go to the Mechanic or DIY.
This price range is based on national averages for all vehicles and does not factor in taxes, fees, or your particular make and model. Related repairs or maintenance, such as replacing transmission mounts, may also be required. For a more accurate estimate based on your make, model, and location, use the RepairPal Fair Price Estimator.
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Cost at the Mechanic: $250-$1,000
- Parts: $50-$500
- Labor: $200-$500
Depending on how difficult it is for the mechanic to support the engine or how hard it is to loosen and remove the mounts, the entire engine mount replacement can take up to four hours.
The best way you can save money on replacing your engine mount is to have the vehicle inspected and repaired as soon as you notice any engine movement or excess vibrations. Also, the cost for parts depends on whether your vehicle uses plain rubber or liquid-filled mounts since the liquid-filled ones are more expensive. However, cheap materials might lack durability and strength, so make sure you’re using quality parts.
Cost To DIY: $15-$220
- Difficulty Level: Advanced
- Parts Needed:
While you might be tempted to tackle an engine mount replacement yourself to save additional money, you should know what’s involved with the process. You will need a way to support the engine while removing and replacing the engine mount, such as a floor jack and blocks of wood. It’s also important to remember that if you do this project yourself, you should never lie underneath the engine when it’s suspended, or get under the car unless it’s supported by jack stands.
What Is an Engine Mount Replacement?
You’ll likely notice that when your vehicle is running, the engine produces quite a bit of vibration. The engine mounts are the first point of contact for all that vibration, so they need to be in good condition to keep your ride smooth. Part of their job is to absorb these vibrations before you feel them through the body of the car. Driving too long with a broken engine mount can cause damage to your vehicle’s transmission as well as the axle shafts. The engine mounts prevent various issues with the engine such as its alignment with the transmission and axles, problems with belts and hoses rubbing, and excessive noises.
What Does an Engine Mount Replacement Include?
Just like most aspects of your vehicle, the engine mounts can wear down over time. When having this replacement done at a repair shop, the mechanic secures the engine with a jack or a lift so they can safely remove the bolts that attach the engine to the mounts. Once the mounts are replaced, the engine is lowered back into position. The mechanic then securely fastens the bolts.
Depending on how rusted the mounts are and how difficult it is for the mechanic to lift and support the engine, the entire engine mount replacement service can take up to four hours. During the engine mount replacement, the mechanic can also take a look at the belts and hoses as well as the engine to make sure everything is in working order.
What Happens if You Don’t Replace Your Engine Mounts?
Engine mounts keep your vehicle’s engine secure, and in proper alignment with the transmission and axles. If the engine is out of place it can rub against other components or the body itself, causing a great deal of vibration and excess wear. The engine being out of place can also cause belts and hoses to rub against other components inside the engine bay, causing them to fail.
How Often Should You Replace Your Engine Mounts?
Be sure to check your owner’s manual or use the free FIXD app to find the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for your engine mounts. Generally speaking, engine mounts typically last between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. However, depending on where you store the vehicle, whether you drive aggressively, and what type of climate you live in, the mounts may fail prematurely.
For smaller vehicles, you may be able to inspect them yourself. A strong two-hand push on the engine should be enough for you to move it so you can see if there are any breaks or cracks in the mounts. For larger vehicles, you might need to take them to a service center so a mechanic can assess any possible damage.
Keep in mind that if you have one mount that needs replacement, it’s best to replace them all. The additional stress from the broken mount can cause additional problems. The other mounts have been subjected to the same types of strains and stresses found with the broken one, and have had more of a load placed on them because the broken one wasn’t doing its job.
Common Symptoms You Need To Have an Engine Mount Replacement Done
- Vibration in the cabin
- Liquid dripping from the motor mount
- Excessive noise in the engine bay
- Hoses or belts failing due to rubbing on other components
Related Maintenance Services
The following services are commonly performed with an engine mount replacement:
- Inspect hoses and gaskets
- Replace transmission mount
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