Engine Mounts

Q: When I accelerate from a stop I hear a loud clunking noise coming from the engine compartment. What might be the problem?

A: You may have a worn or broken engine mount. To check the motor mounts, pop open the hood and start the engine. Have a friend apply the parking brake and put his/her foot on the brake pedal. Your helper should keep one foot on the brake, put the transmission in drive, and then apply some pressure to the accelerator. Inspect engine movement from the side of the car. Never stand in front of the car. The engine will rock some, but should not move excessively.