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Could it be the torque converter?

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Old 10-31-2005, 06:41 PM   #1
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Could it be the torque converter?

Hi all,

Last month my '93 Explorer XLT transmission died on me. It was running low on oil before and it is not running now. I filled it up and still not moving. It is making a "crank" noise every time the engine makes a revolution. I think it is coming from the torque converter housing. Could that be the problem? Is there anything else I can do to find out what the problem is?

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Old 10-31-2005, 11:08 PM   #2
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You might remove the inspection cover and check that all of the bolts that connect the converter to the flex plate are in place. I have seen them back out a couple of times causing a grinding noise like you have never herd before.
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Old 11-01-2005, 06:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply 1IronMike,

How hard is to change the torque converter? Is that something I will have to take to a trans shop, or a guy with some mechanical experience can do it?

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Old 11-01-2005, 10:17 PM   #4
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That's a pretty hard question as I do not know your mechanical abilities or tools. I have not preformed this proceedure on a 4X4 but it will require the minimun of a floor jack, jack stands, assorted blocks to support the motor, the removal of the transmission, drive lines. I do not know if the transfer case will have to be removed but as you can tell from the list so far, it is very involved and can be done at home. It might be helpful to have someone close at hand to lend a hand and support from time to time. Have you tried a search on this topic? Maybe someone has worked up the proceedure and taken some pictures. Were the bolts loose? Does your truck move at all? When I blew up a tork converter once, that was the total loss of all motion, forward and backward. Another time I lost the pump in the transmission and lost just forward, had to drive home in reverse, luckly it was just a mile or so. Good luck and keep us posted.
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from my experience (or lack there of), idealy the transfer case doesnt need to be removed from the transmission. however, because ull probably be wrestling with the transmission which is heavy enough by itself, it makes it easier if the transfer case isnt also attached to the transmission to lighten the load a bit. when u first remove the transfer case from the transmission, a bit of transmission fluid will probably come out from the transmission's tailshaft housing cauz some of the transmission fluid actually spills over into the this housing - so just be ready with a pan or something and let it drain out (it takes like 10-15 mins) before you completely slide the transfer case from the transmission.




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Thanks IZwack. Is there any trick I should know when I put everything back together? Do I need any special tool? torque specification?

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