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Here we go with "no dumb questions": On my 2000 with the Zetec engine, I know there is a "dogbone" transmission mount below. I also know there is the easily visible passenger side motor mount above. Is there another engine mount (or more) and where are they located? Trying to see if I got ripped off by a mechanic. Thanks!
 

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He replaced the top passenger mount and what he said was "the second one that is hard to get to...I may as well replace that one while I am at it, and you can't tell if it is bad". The problem is that three months later, I had to replace the dog bone. The bushing was totally shot and there was a good two inches of play. It ripped hoses loose, made an awful sound, and made getting into first gear an adventure. I'm just trying to figure out if he charged me for replacing that dog bone without actually doing the work. I don't think there is any way that thing goes bad in three months. On top of that, the passenger side mount he used is missing the rubber insert and the cap. It just plain looks wrong. But I want to have all the info I can before I go back and imply the work was incorrect.
 

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Yep--the invoice says three mounts. I had sworn he had said just two. The job was done on Feb 19. Do you agree with me that there is no way a bushing should completely fail in four and a half months?
 

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Yep--the invoice says three mounts. I had sworn he had said just two. The job was done on Feb 19. Do you agree with me that there is no way a bushing should completely fail in four and a half months?
Anything can happen once a part goes on a car. If it fails within a very short time, it's either the part that's defective or the person installing the part didn't do a good job.

Does your invoice say what brand of parts the mechanic used? Were they genuine Ford or Motorcraft parts, or are they aftermarket? The ones from Ford or Motorcraft usually last a long time. I'm hearing the cheaper aftermarket ones don't last that long. There have been a few posts in here where people (or their mechanics) used cheaper aftermarket ones and have had them go bad in a short time.

Does your mechanic offer some sort of warranty on the services provided? If so and you're within the terms of that warranty, take it back. I'd also insist or get the Ford/Motorcraft parts, if you can. It might be more money, but it'd be worth the investment.
 

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Thanks for your help--headed to mechanic on Monday. Before I do, one more question: The driver's side mount--is it located up top like the passenger side? Don't know what the driver's side one looks like or where it is located.
 

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the driver side is exualy a transmition mount and it sits on top of the transmition close to the shifter linkage
 

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oh and if u still running the stock air box u might have to remove it to be able to see the mount
 

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Being as it is the Zetec engine, you will have to move the airbox to actually see the drivers side mount. I replaced all three of my motor mounts in a days time.
 
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