Straightshooterjeeps cracked flexplate diagnosis
I removed 3 of the 4 bolts.
Then loosened the last bolt about half way.... I left this one in to maintain connection between the tq and the plate. Just so I wouln't have to fiddle with putting bolts back in too much.
Now the flexplate is pretty much seperate from the torque converter.
Got my flashlight pointed up in there
Grabbed a big flathead screwdriver and started prying on the flexplate
Don't see anything yet
Turn the flexplate a half rotation
and there it is! A big fat crack up near the center of the plate.
When the flexplate is loose from the torque converter you can get it to "flex" real good and you just might be able to spot your crack.
Just to be sure you do have one before dissasembly.
It was very obvious at this point, but before pulling those bolts I looked and looked and could never see a crack.
Hope this helps save someone a little time.