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Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Cotopaxi, Colorado
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Re: T-5 rebuild-Noise in 1st-2nd-3th
I used to have one, but gave it away. Is there a noise in 5th gear, but not as noticable? It could be your 4 gear bushing or pocket bearing. In 4th, it is the only time it is locked to the shaft, and dosn't turn. I would not spend a lot of money on a t-5, but to open it up, and repair only what is necessary wouldn't be that bad.
Note the way it shifted before the noise. If you drive it easy, most of the brass should be ok. Usually you can get by only replacing 2nd and 3rd blocking ring, maybe 20 or 25 bucks each. These get most of the wear. I have even swapped 5th blocking over to 3rd. when money was real tight, and got away with it. 5th gear almost never wears.
The problem with the noise can be found visually, and upon inspection by cleaning. Some of the larger bearings can become expensive. I would take a close look at the bushing for 4th.
I would always keep in the back of my mind the thought for a swap. Mine blew 3rd gear and the cluster shaft all of a sudden. I wasn't accelerating ar decelerating, just cruising at 40, and then everything just disappeared as though it never had a 3rd. gear. 158k miles.