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Re: Cracking flexplates. Need help!
Well, I had to have a Ford tow me home from work today. That's almost worse than walking!
I didn't get home until a little after dark so I didn't crawl under to see how bad the failure is, but the first one that broke didn't really show signs of fatigue failure. That's what I immediately suspected, even though I didn't notice excessive vibration, so I thought putting the original one back in would take care of it. It obviously didn't.
I have a 360 sitting in the garage that I was going to rebuild over time and swap out, so I think I'll accelerate the rebuild and swap it now. Since I'm doing that, I'll pull the engine and transmission out as one unit so I can inspect it all closely and see if I can find the misalignment. I know I got everything snug and tight the second time around, so I'm not sure what the problem might be.
I did have one thought today, maybe you guys can tell me. My transfer case mounts to the crossmember with a two bolt mount, and then another mount farther towards the drivers side. I lost the nut to the drivers side mount back in November and have never gotten around to replacing it. I figured it would be no big deal because the engine torques in that direction and it would provide support without the nut holding it tight to the cross member. Was I wrong and that's the cause of my problems? The bushing is still in place, it's just not torqued down.
Thanks for any help,