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My car is a Honda civic 1997 model,i had my upper engine support replaced and the timing belt but after installing it, i can hear a vibration sound everytime i accelerate the gas whiule in trhe neutrral gear. Is it true trhat if your upper engine support is new...the vibration sound is normal? and is it ok if i'll take out the thermostat located before the water from trhe radiator goes to the engine?According to the mechanic it is designed only for the cold weather like in the U.S. so that the engine will get warm fast especially in the morning.Is this true?

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Hello jorgemvalenz,

No, the vibration you speak of is not normal. A cause could be that when the new engine mount was installed it was skewed causing the engine to vibrate. Loosen the mounting nuts and bolts( do not remove) so the engine can be moved up and down and side to side then re-torque the the nuts and bolts.

Another cause could be the timing belt cover is touching the timing belt but this will also create a sound from the belt rubbing on the cover as well as a possible vibration.

As for the thermostat, the engine is designed to run at an optimal operating temperature and the thermostat helps to maintain this temperature. I would not advise to operate the vehicle with out the proper thermostat installed.


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I am afraid not. The water from the radiator never goes into the engine. Radiator is just there to keep the engine temperature Normal. That is to say that it keeps in cool because engines get very hot while driving the car. If you take out the water, it would overhead quickly and would eventually halt the engine. As for the vibration from engine, it because the supports of the engine aren't bolted together snuggly. So when you accelerate, the engine vibrates hard and then also shake up the supports and cause noise.

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