Join Date: May 2005
Location: Tigard Oregon
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Flex Plate problems--if not solved this time I part out my truck
Blew a trans seal at 92,000 miles and burned up trans. Ford garage screwed me $5,500 for a rebuilt. At time, told me my flex plate was curiously worn and needed replacement. They put in new one and a new starter.
Went about 20,000 and it wouldnt start---made a lot of noise though. I replaced starter with the big CHinese units you guys use in here. Seemed to work for awhile then same symptoms (which was a coincidence Ill say why later) A garage told me I was missing teeth on the flywheel in ONE spot---about 5 teeth. When I stopped the truck at that spot, the starter gear would just spin in it and I ended up learning to take a wrench to the alternator nut and turn the engine to a spot with teeth. Paid $1500 for a new flex plate and a third starter. Went OK for about 20K then same thing. I bought a FORTH starter and it did the same thing. I had thought maybe the starter wasnt sticking out far enough. Now ive gone through THREE flex plates and four starters. Symptoms the same---about four to five teeth in a row gone. As Ive kept running it this way by wrenching it, I now see that the teeth on the flex plate are all starting to wear on the engine side edge. I greased them and the starter gear with different colors and found that the starter isnt fuly engaging the flex teeth but especially less in ONE spot. I asked the Ford garage if they coud run it with the inspection plate off to check mif the flex or something else isnt running perfectly true but they said they couldnt do it or check anything without taking the tranny off. Ive read about a few other guys having this same problem and have never seen a solution.
A few people have said to check for some kind of engine to tranny 'dowels' being gone or bad??? Others say the converter may be out of round or something? I notice that at idle, I have a grumble and rattling almost as if a pipe or part of the engine is up against the firewall. No one can find anything loose or hitting anything it shouldnt be. Could an out of round plate , converter, whathaveyou cause this vibration by being unbalanced?
I cant have my wife taking a wrench under the hood to get the thing started and eventually all the teeth will be gone. Its very gradual. There isnt even any metal in the bottom of the inspection cover.
HELP!!!!! A reward to anyone who can help! I cant pay Ford the minimum $500 they want just to drop the tranny. Then they want more to do diagnostics. They will figure out a way to rape me to death. Case in pojnt...just blew alternator. Ford charged me $65 to tell me it was bad. Jesus--Autozone would have done it for free, I learned. Ford wanted $380 for the alternator and $175 to put it in. I got a new lifetime guarantee from autozone for $180 and put it in in under 15 minutes. Sheesh
2001 F-350 Lariat,CC,LB,SRW,4X4,Auto,7.3,2"lift,KYBs, 3.73, steel oil x-over, aFe Stage II Pro 7, AirCond mod, Fumoto, DP 60,80,100. AIH Delete, hi-lite/fog-lite on mod. CNC HPOP hoses. 360 degree illumination six light LED system for backup, fog and sides. Dead bird in grill. Part of finger in new ball joint nut. (really!)