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Trans mount? I just got done looking at a 1998 Escort LX. The engine shakes when running and when you put it in gear it starts to shake worse. As soon as you start to give it a little bit of gas the shake subsides some but is still there. You can see the trans mount moving a lot when it is shaking. Is it the trans mount or what do I need to look for?

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The moun sounds like it is probably bad. But you are addressing SHAKING. Most motors don't SHAKE. It may have a miss to it or not be running smoothly. It may need a tune up or have bad gas. Just remember this car is 12 years old and may need some simple TLC.

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