FAQs—Honda Motor Mount
- What's a motor mount?
A motor mount is usually a metal bracket used to mount your engine properly. It attaches to your motor on one end and the engine bay on the other end. They're designed primarily to keep your engine in place and secondarily to protect it from concussive forces and high-speed impact that could destroy the motor and render your ride inoperable altogether. It's like how your rib cage protects your heart and other internal organs from harm while at the same time keeping everything in the right place. Although mounts vary in appearance across different engine bay layouts, they all share the same structure. They're usually made of steel or aluminum plus rubber or plastic cushioning.
- Will new motor mounts increase engine response?
Simple hardware pieces won't somehow magically make your engine work better. A performance motor mount probably won't improve fuel economy or engine performance the way an engine rebuild kit or a performance exhaust system would. There's no way to determine how these mounts could affect the comfort and feel of your ride. However, they can do what they do best (what they're supposed to do), which is keep your engine where it's supposed to be so it doesn't drop down or fly off with your moving car, damaging itself and neighboring components. It's a necessary part most drivers don't give a second thought to until it's gone or damaged.
- Why should I replace my stock Honda motor mount with a performance mount?
Sometimes, it's not enough to have a stock motor mount. You won't know how important a good motor mount is until you get a bad one. Once your motor mount fails, your engine will sooner or later follow. It all starts with jiggling, vibrations, and strange noises. Then, all of a sudden, when you hit the brakes a bit too suddenly, you'll have quite a mess from under your hood. A factory motor mount tend to be quite soft, like small cushions absorbing impact between the car frame and the engine. This softness makes them susceptible to wear-down, necessitating performance mount replacement.
- What is the drive line dash and how is it related to motor mounts?
A drive line dash (or driveline dash) happens whenever you hit the gas to accelerate and the engine produces the torque required to facilitate movement, some of that torque is lost with a softer stock motor mount. The mount absorbs some of that torque as the engine shifts around because the extra movement will cause uncomfortable vibrations from within your Honda. It's that wasted torque that drives some performance enthusiasts to purchase performance mounts that increase power by bypassing the cushions and moving down the drivetrain to the wheels.
- Is there a way to completely eliminate driveline dash?
There's no surefire way to completely eliminate the drive line dash phenomenon because the engine will always need its mount to protect itself from its own vibration and its own potentially self-damaging torque. However, by upgrading to more reliable motor mounts, you should be able to experience the best of both worlds. It is possible to compromise and get engine cushioning while at the same time squeezing every last bit of possible torque from it just short of removing the mount altogether. These improved and enhanced mounts are made of stiffer urethane material that absorbs less vibration and maximizes power while still keeping your engine safely mounted in place.