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Hey ya'll. Went to have front end aligned yesterday. Cheapest place in town. Go to pick up the car, 98 Chrysler Sebring with the 2.5 v6, and they say trans mounts and motor mounts are all broken. Im sure something must be broke or I dont think they'd say that but, all 4 motor mounts? And all of the trans mounts as well? They wanted me to leave it and for 5 or 6 hundred bucks they'd replace em all. 1st I worry when people work on the motor because its a motor that usually needs several things removed to get to anything. So I fear shortcuts from people. Rather do it myself. But I didnt have a clue any mounts were broken. No engine movement or vibration or anything that would make me think any of the mounts were broke, much less all of em. So heres my problem. How do I check them? And if theyre broken, how hard is it to replace them? Any crazy or untypical thing need to be done when changing? Any order you go through? Just need help with any information I can get. THANKS!!
 

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First verify that the mounts are broken. Gentle prying/lifting with a large pry bar while watching the rubber mounts will show if the rubber medium has separated or not.
The rubber may be settled, dry rotted or deteriorated. You will have to determine if they need replacement.
 

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Well, I can tell you that my '97 Stratus with the 2.4L four cylinder did have all four mounts go before reaching 100,000 miles, so it's not inconceivable that you have the same problem.
 

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ok. so shop probably didnt try to scam anybody. In Columbia you run across some shops that still try some of them same ol tricks. So check em by prying with large pry bar. If rubber is dry rotted, settled or deteriorated, does that mean I should get new ones. What do I look for while gently prying? The motor raising up or something? Id hate to buy those new and didnt need em. I assume I shouldnt use used ones? Be nice if I could.
 

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Well, a good baseline is to have the car in park, have someone else rev the throttle up and down aggressively, and to watch from the front to see how much the motor moves.

These cars had some kind of odd hydraulic mounts that were fluid-filled. The two side mounts on top of the wheel wells are hard to see, but the lower spool-type mounts are easy to get to. They'll probably be obvious if they're bad, and if they are, it's possible that the stress on the uppers has popped those too.
 

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In the 90's they switched to a much softer rubber (to reduce NVH: Noise, Vibration and Harshness) for suspension bushings and motor mounts. probaly as one wore, it put more stress on the others. You will need to have the motor/transaxle re-centered as part of the process to avoid stress on CV joints.
 

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I think they fixed the need for an alignment process with the design of the side mounts on the J-cars, they seem to only go in one way.
 

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Thanks a lot for each and every reply. Im getting a set of mounts for the motor tomorrow and will let ya'll know how the installation went and how the old ones look. Im not sure about the transmission mounts. Prob have to put car on ramps and do those as well. But, I'll certainly let ya'll know how motor mount job works work out. Again, thanks for the replies!
 
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