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Unread 12-23-2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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Angry Replacing the flex plate?

Last wheeling trip my Jeep started making a horrible knocking noise. I drove it home (80 miles or so) and of course the knocking is louder, however, the engine runs fine, and has not lost any power. Also no check engine light has come on.

In talking to friends and searching the web, I am convinced it is the flex plate. The noise is coming from where the tranny meets up with the engine. I have heard of an "inspection cover" that I can remove to see the flexplate/fly wheel, but I am not sure where this is. Also I do not know what I need to do to replace this plate, should I try it on my own.

Are there any "How-To's" out there that you know of? Google gave me no results. Have any of you done this, and how hard would it be for someone with limited mechanical skill and tools.

It's a 96, 4.0, AW4.


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Unread 12-24-2004, 01:12 AM   #2
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It's not likely that you have to replace the Flex Plate, but there is a good chance that the bolts to the torque converter are loose. You probably need to tighten them up.

Take a look here:
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Unread 12-24-2004, 01:18 AM   #3
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Check the bellhousing bolts. There are 4 that hold the trans to the motor. The top 2 are inverted torx, but the 2 main ones are just a six point, maybe a 5/8".
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