RE: [DML] Transmission Problem - any ideas
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RE: [DML] Transmission Problem - any ideas

David & Chris,


The short answer is that you need a clutch! The burning smell is the clutch
disc material overheating from slippage. I've never seen a rear main leak on
a DeLorean bad enough to oil foul the disc. It's the old "chicken or the
egg" question but I'm reasonably sure the cause is simply a worn out disc.
You should however replace the seal at the same time you do the clutch. Most
kits, like ours, will include the seal and cover gasket. We also offer the
Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch if you want an improvement over the OEM
setup. Have the flywheel surface ground and make sure the machine shop
retains the step in the F.W. Inspect your slave and master cylinder's for
leakage and consider a braided stainless line or adjustable link if you
don't already have them. If you drive the car much more expect a tow call in
your near future! You may also damage the flywheel which will add
considerably to your replacement costs. Every collector car owner should be
a AAA member for the tow benefits alone! If you have coverage give them a
call instead of trying to make it to the repair shop.


Rob Grady,


P.J.Grady Inc.



From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Christopher Mack
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2010 12:55 AM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [DML] Transmission Problem - any ideas




It sounds like your clutch is slipping. The burning oil smell could be
caused by a leak in the rear main seal with oil getting on the clutch and
pressure plate and which is burning off and causing clutch slippage when the
clutch is engaged. Check your engine oil level and make sure that the puddle
of fluid below the car is not engine oil. 


From: daviddelorean <daviddelorean@ <>>
To: dmcnews@yahoogroups <> .com
Sent: Tue, March 2, 2010 5:33:58 PM
Subject: [DML] Transmission Problem - any ideas

My car has a manual transmission. I noticed slight slippage over the course
of a few weeks (the car was in gear but wouldn't move as if in neutral).
Then one night coming home doing 45mph complete slippage. Also noticed a
very bad smell I could only describe as 'burning oil'.

Drove slow and made it home and parked the car. Went out to the garage 2 hrs
later and the 'burning oil' smell was so bad I thought the car was on fire.
Also, a large pool of transmission fluid had dumped out of the gearbox onto
the floor (by large I mean the whole area under the rear of the car was a
swimming pool).

I start the car regularly and drive it up and down the drive way 50' or so.
Gears still work. Car moves. But that 'burning oil' smell is always present.

Any ideas what this can be?


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