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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-27-1999, 08:53 AM
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Transmission Help?!

I need some advice. I have an '89 Wrangler. I-6, 5 speed.Stock everything, except for suspension lift and 33's. I had clutch work done (clutch, throw out bearing) a couple of weeks ago.
It was working fine 'til yesterday. My problem is a knocking, clicking sound coming from the floor- The noise comes on during 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and a little in reverse. And totally absent in 4th! It isn't losing any power either. I brought it to the mechanic just this morning and he said its the trans. Can someone else shed some light to what kind of problems I'm having before I commit to his solution. I just need somebody elses opinion. The noise is also absent during idle.

Thanks to anyone who can help me.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-27-1999, 10:35 AM
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Re: Transmission Help?!

If they tell you it's rebuild time, don't make the mistake I made. I had a SR-4 tranny rebuilt. The tranny you have isn't much better. Upgrade if you can. Wish I had. It would only have been a few more bucks for a much sturdier transmission.

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Re: Transmission Help?!

I am no transmission mechanic, but I had a similar problem on a BMW I once owned. It made the same noises you hear, the problem turned out to be a bearing in the transmission. I don't know which one, but the reason it doesn't appear in 4th is because 4th is a 1:1 drive, the others use gear clusters to achieve the reduction and overdrive. Incidentally, I was told by several mechanics they could not get the bearing, it didn't exist by itself, so I had to find a new transmission or gear cluster . Needless to say, the transmission for a 1978 733i BMW imported from Italy is EXTREMELY rare, so I wasn't very optomistic. I had almost given up hope when a friend suggested I let him try. $500 and 3 weeks later the car was ready. He bought the bearing from a bearing house (S&K) in Portland, Maine for $7.50, the rest was labor for putting the tranny together (he received the tranny in 2 boxes in the trunk). It was perfect.

Raduckal is right. Your tranny doesn't have a good reputation, you might look for a swap rather than rebuilding it. I also had the SR-4, (another terrible tranny) which had been rebuilt a few times. When it let go on me (more than when I bought it), I replaced it with a better transmission. I hope this helps.

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It sounds like the pocket bearing or the 4 gear bushing(bearing). When the tranny is in 4 th gear, one to one, it is the only time that these parts arn't turning.

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