Re: [DML] Did I blow my transmision? Serious problem!
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Re: [DML] Did I blow my transmision? Serious problem!

Yep, I agree with everyone; definitely the nut on the end of the transmission shaft.  When it's failing, it while whine only while decelerating in any gear.  As long as you didn't drive it a long time like this, the trans is probably ok.  DO NOT start the car unless you keep the clutch depressed until you get this fixed.

The good news is, it is possible to do the repair with the trans in the car and it really only costs a few dollars to fix (assuming you haven't done any other damage).  It isn't a particularly fun job, but you can take the trans mounts loose, lower the "front" end of the trans with the engine attached, remove the shift linkage, and remove the front cover.  Then replace the shaft nut, use RED locktite, and torque to the recommended specs.  Next, stake down the nut to the flat portion of the shaft, get the trans cover repaired, replace the gasket, put everything else back where it was, and replace the gear oil a couple times as Rob suggested.

Does it sound like I've done this repair before??

Jake Kamphoefner


From: daviddelorean <daviddelorean@xxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:44:14 AM
Subject: [DML] Did I blow my transmision? Serious problem!

For the last few days I've noticed a roaring/whining sound when my car is in gear but not accelerating. Tonight I was having a bit of a problem changing into higher gears. The gear shifter was rough and making clanking noises when I'd throw it into 5th. Then my car was consumed in what I can only describe as an oil/rubber/chemical burning smell.

I parked the car in the garage and came back a few hours later. I couldn't even breath in the garage the stench of burning oil (or whatever) was so bad.

Looking under the car there was a gallon of (I assume) transmission fluid or oil on the floor under the engine. Whatever this liquid is, it was a steady flow drip from under the transmission gearbox casing (located just in front of the oil pan). The gearbox casing on the bottom where the seam is was saturated in it.

Did I blow my manual transmision? How bad is it?


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