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How to check engine stabilizer condition

I've seen lots of talk about engine stabilizer bars and their bushings for some other models.

People say they take heavy stress and must be changed. Many report smoother riding, smoother power delivery, less vibrations etc after changing them.

I have very heavy vibrations under engine braking, no visual damage in the stabilizer bushings whatsoever, and very unsmooth power delivery.

But I can grab the stab. bar and twist it left/right quite easily. I don't know if this means bad bushings since they are rubber and I don't know how much play is acceptable.

Does anyone PLEASE know about this issue with the 146?

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Engine mounts wear over time, if you pop the bonnet and rev the engine it shouldn't move too much and the mounts shouldn't creak, if they do they're probably past their best. Rubber deteriorates over time so regardless of mileage they may need replacing if they're old. Get them done if you're worried, not overly expensive.

However, typical symptoms of them failing is knocking when you press the throttle and take your foot off the throttle ie when torque is put through the engine. Vibration under engine braking and rough power delivery doesn't sound like the bushing.
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