Motor Mounts for Jeep Wrangler
Your Jeep Wrangler goes through a lot of abuse throughout the years, regardless if you’re taking it off road through trails or just driving back and forth to work, and over time this everyday life will wear down and break parts. This not only holds true for the constantly moving parts within your Wrangler such as brakes, transmission, and engine, but also on non-moving parts like engine mounts holding the motor in place. If you have been experiencing louder than normal engine sounds, feel vibration through the pedals and steering wheel, or can feel the engine physically jerking around under the hood, then you may need replacement engine mounts.How do engine mounts work?
There are a bunch of different kinds of mounts you can put on your Jeep Wrangler depending on what your needs are, but the basic concept of how they're constructed is pretty much the same. They consist of the engine mount that bolts into the engine of your Jeep and has bushings that will absorb noise and vibration. A bracket mounted to the frame that will bolt into the mount keeping the engine securely in place, and the hardware holding it all together.
- Rubber mounts are the most common type of engine mount out there and the kind that came standard on your Jeep Wrangler. A hardened piece of the material sits atop the mount like a sleeve, providing a buffer between steel parts. They will absorb the movement of the motor, quieting what is heard and felt inside the vehicle.
- Polyurethane mounts give an option for higher performance and output from your motor. They accomplish this by being a more rigid material that holds the motor steadier than rubber. This means power is not lost from excessive motion and is instead sent down through the drive train and into the wheels. The trade-off is a louder ride with more shaking in the cabin.
- Solid engine mounts are a really heavy duty choice, if you're taking your Jeep through the tough back road trails. They use no bushing to absorb engine movement and instead are metal-on-metal, keeping the engine securely in place. It ensures that everything will be as secure as possible.
- Hydraulic mounts offer the smoothest, quietest ride possible, then you might. They have a hollowed out center filled with hydraulic fluid that absorbs motor movement.
After you have decided that you need to replace your engine mounts you will need to figure out whether it's more appropriate to use the original equipment manufacturer, also known as OEM, or aftermarket parts for your Jeep. OEM products come straight from Jeep and are designed with your Wrangler in mind, whereas aftermarket mounts are made by third party companies and are more universal by design. Aftermarket parts offer a variety of options, but Jeep backs every part it sells as being specifically for your Jeep. Shop around and compare everything to figure out which is going to suit your needs.