- shift into any forward drive mode, the engine really jumps as the transaxel engages. Normal or bad motor mount? 2. Sometimes hear a noise like spinning out on loose gravel. Bad mesh chain-belt inside or something else?
It does sound like you have a bad motor mount (or mounts). It would be best to have this checked and replaced if necessary.
I don’t have a clue about this item, except to point out that your engine don’t have a “mesh chain belt”, so you can rule that out. Your car has a timing belt made of rubber compounds, but they do not make noise before they snap.
If you suspect your timing belt may be a problem (even though it is not the source of the noise), I would suggest checking the maintenance schedule for this engine. Most likely, it calls for a new timing belt every 90k or 6 years, whichever comes first. If yours has been in service longer than the specified interval, you should have it changed before it snaps, as the cost of engine repair following a broken timing belt is very expensive.
Definately check the motor mounts. Can you positively attribute the noise to the transmission??? Noises could be coming from engine also. Is your D4 light flashing on the shift indicator?? Do you have a check engine light on??