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Old 07-01-2013, 12:42 AM   #1
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Ring gear separated from flywheel!

So after some frustrating diagnosis I figured out why my engine wouldn't turn over... Hear the starter cranking and don't see any movement on the front of the engine. Took out the starter and could reach in and turn the ring gear with some effort. Anyone ever had this happen? I guess after 150k miles and two clutch changes with flywheel resurfacing it gave up. Planning to do it myself... Should be fun since I have never pulled the tranny and clutch myself.
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Oh, it's certainly VERY 'fun'
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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It really isn't that bad provided you have a lift. If you don't have access to a lift, find access to a lift lol. I can do one on a lift in about 3 hours with a buddy helping and taking my relative time. Just make sure you use a clutch alignment tool to hold the clutch in place, bag/tag everything and have a friend to help you.
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Going to try it without a lift. Not my daily driver so no rush. Got the H pipe out tonight and loosened all the driveshaft bolts. Any ideas on how to keep all the tranny fluid from spilling... I don't have a tailshaft plug.
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Yeah you drain it beforehand lol. And buying a tailshaft plug is a good idea just to keep the crap out of it. Or just wrap it in plastic bags and duct tape the eff out of it. Also make sure you get the car far enough off the ground to pull the trans out from underneath it. You actually have a separate bell and the T-5 is pretty small dimension wise so it should not be too high. Just PLEASE make sure you have it ROCK solid on the jackstands and I highly recommend not doing it alone. At the very least just have someone else there who can operate a floor jack and call 911 if something happens.
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You probably already know this, but I found it easiest to unbolt the trans from the bell housing and remove them separately. Then again my bell housing wouldn't come off the motor with the trans attached anyway.
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You are supposed to remove the trans first from the bell on the t-5.
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That is what I was planning. Thanks for all the advice .
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I did it on the floor. Jack stands are really handy. I took the one I did on an 85GT out myself. Gearbox first, bell and clutch next. Had to replace the syncros. Out and in within 3 hours taking my time.
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