Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Rebuild T-15 or relpace with T-18???
My T-15 is sounding a bit noisy at cruise (from 45 up) Kind of a ratchety noise that happens when I am crusing (not accelerating or decelerating) if accel or decel, sounds ok, except when slowing down from anything over 40 I get this sound of the ratchety winding down as I stop. Sounds like a bearing to me. I feel like it must be somewhere on the output side, since 2k rpm does not cause this sound in lower gears (2k is about where 40mph is in 3rd). Could even be Tcase <shrug>?
Gears shift fine, Tcase hits 4H 2H and 2LO fine.
I have swapped gear oil in Trans and Tcase (twice). Bench Rebuild on T15 and Tcase is $650. I can get a rebuilt T-18A with granny low for $1250. Of course, with the T-18 I have to change drive shaft lengths as well for about another $200. I like the idea of a granny low but I could use that $800 for top and paint job if rebuild is a lot less. I could also rebuild myself I guess, but I just don't feel up to it. My "jeep time" is just too fragmented to do something like a Transmission rebuild.
Ideas, Suggestions, and Smart Aleck remarks appreciated .
'75 CJ5 304, 3spd, Dana 20, D30 Front, D44 Rear, 31X10.5 BFG T/A on Eagle Alloys, Superlift 1" Springs