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    Default How much should engine rotate?

    I had a clunking noise in my 2006 Mazda 3 front end. It turned out to the the struts bidding me farewell. In order to isolate the sound I put the front end up on axle stands, wheels off the ground and had a friend run it through the gears, fwd, rev. and stepping on the brake. I noticed the engine rotated quite a bit. There is a flange bolted to the bottom of the transmission right where the axle shafts come out of it and that then bolts to a shock isolated plate on the frame. I would say that flange travels perhaps 3/4" front to back or more when the wheels are turning and the brake is stepped on. There is likely a rubber or poly bushing where the transverse bolt holds the flange to the plate and then likely a rubber mounted seat which holds the plate to the frame. Should this stuff be shifting back and forth?

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    Default Re: How much should engine rotate?

    Yes, This is rubber mount, It does shift about that much. Poke it with a screw driver to see if it rotten. I replaced mine with Poly long time ago, was a good upgrade.
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    Default Re: How much should engine rotate?

    What Shawn said ...the rubber is starting to go the engine will wiggle alot

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    Default Re: How much should engine rotate?

    Great. Thanks for that. It'll have to wait though. Going on holiday.

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