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Does the engine in a Caliber 'twist' too much?
Years ago I had an Escort GT with a 5-speed gearbox, and when shifting, or letting off the gas pedal, you could feel the engine moving around under the hood. I had the motor/trany mounts checked out, and they were all fine. So I bought an Engine Stabilizer Strut (little 8" hydraulic strut that fit between the frame under the radiator and the engine) and bolted into place in 20 minutes -to keep the engine from 'twisting' on the motormounts. And the 'feel' that the engine was moving around in there -disappeared! The overall drivetrain felt tighter, felt smoother. More responsive.
Is there such a thing for the my wife's Caliber? We have the 2.0 CVT, and I realize that the CVT doesnt 'shift'. But sometimes I feel like the engine is twisting and moving in there. Mounts are all fine.
The acceleration of the Caliber has never been perfectly perfectly 'smooth'. Not like my Fort Freestyle (CVT) but the Ford is a bigger car and has a bigger engine. And my old snowmobile was truly and perfectly smooth.

Dealer told us to use Super Unleaded to smooth out the acceleration if we're that sensative to it. But after 3 months of buying the expensive gas, it's still the same. No difference. So now I'm hoping that an Engine Torque Stabilizer Strut might do something.
Anybody heard of one for the Caliber?
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-H :smileup:
 

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the 95-99 neon had a engine torque dampener (basically what you just described). the 00-05 neon did not after they redesigned the mounts/locations.

the caliber does not have such a mount, it has 4 mounts, 1 rear, 1 fwd, and 2 on the side (engine and trans) all theses mounts are similar in how they function.

ModernPerformance sells inserts for the mounts, which remove the gap in the mounts which allow them to flex (flexing creates engine movement)
http://www.modernperformance.com/product_info.php?products_id=1817

As of right now no one has confirmed if they will work in the non-SRT version of the Caliber.

According to the Caliber parts manual
Right side Mount = Same for all calibers
Left side Mount = Same for all calibers

Altho the rear and front mounts are different, the differences could be just in the bracket rather than the rubber insulator which is what the MPx inserts fill, so even tho they are different brackets the functional part could be the same.
 
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PTPerformance also has motor mounts wich have had a good review recently, in this post.
 
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