How to Spot Dodge Neon Strut Mount Trouble
A sandwich inside your Neon? The filling must be none other than your Dodge Neon strut mount, which is just between the strut and body of your car. Apparently, this sandwich is not edible, but it is just as important as a snack is. If not for your car's strut mount, you would have to deal with unpleasant shakes, vibrations, and noises whenever you drive, especially over bumps. So if you want to fully savor the goodness of your car's mounts, you should be able to spot and stop strut mount trouble when you see it. Below are some clues:
Thanks to your well-functioning strut mount, you are able to enjoy smooth drives minus any annoying noise. So when your drive starts to come with a clunking sound and your steering becomes paired with some distracting noise, it simply has got to be a failing strut mount. This may be due to wear or dryness on the mount's rubber material, and as such, the only way to fully get back your noiseless driving is to replace your Dodge Neon strut mount. If you want a temporary but quick and cheap fix, though, just take away the strut mount isolators for a while and apply a dab of graphite-based grease on them.
Another strut mount trouble that you can detect while driving is tire deterioration-either the tires are misaligned or worn, or in worse conditions, they could be both. If you observe reduced drivability of your Neon, specifically a problem in the tires, park your car in a safe area first and make a quick inspection. Raise your vehicle using a jack and a jack stand and check the tires. Wear and misalignment can be easily detected by visual inspection.
Problematic suspension and steering
A worn strut mount can also loosen or stiffen the suspension or steering of your Neon. To check, lift your vehicle by a few inches, letting one of the ends hang freely. Then using a long bar, lift one of the wheels. Observe the strut mount or have someone feel it while you do the lifting. If you observe either looseness or too much stiffness in the process, then your Dodge Neon strut mount is positive of defect, and this calls for immediate replacement.