Acura Vigor 2.5 Transmission Mount
How to Tell if Your Acura Vigor 2.5 Transmission Mount is Damaged
It is your Acura Vigor 2.5 transmission mount's job to make sure that the transmission and engine stays in place and does its job properly. Don't wait until the these fall down from under your hood for you to inspect them. Watch out for the following problems and learn how to assess the transmission mount's condition:
Rocking or vibrating on start-up
Since a damaged transmission mount can no longer hold your transmission, it is bound to shake in its place and cause a variety of alarming vibrations. This rocking or shaking sensation usually starts as soon as you turn on the engine. However, you will also feel a quick lurch once the engine is turned off. The shaking varies depending on a car's drive system. Front-wheel drive cars tend to lurch in a back and forth motion, while rear-drive vehicles are bound to rock sideways.
Physically loose engine
If you try to shake the engine with your hand, a little movement is acceptable. But if the engine's movement is too unrestricted and it visibly rocks within the compartment, then your transmission is sitting atop a busted mount. To make sure you're not just overreacting with the amount of movement the space allows, place a tennis ball on top of the air cleaner. If the tennis ball rolls off of the cleaner when shaken, it's about time you replace your Acura Vigor 2.5 transmission mount.
Another obvious symptom of a busted transmission mount is a hard thump whenever your car accelerates or when it suddenly brakes. Although this type of mount failure isn't dangerous, it is still best to replace the part immediately to avoid broken part or sheared bolts.
Poor handling, creaking door hinges, and cracked strut-tower braces are usually the symptoms of a rigid chassis. This rigidity can come from a number of factors. But one common culprit is a severely damaged transmission mount. Since the weight coming from the transmission is no longer supported by a mount, its heavy structure weighs down on the car's chassis. This in turn causes the chassis to flex and develop misaligned hood and door panels over time.