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Unread 02-03-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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crack in bellhousing

If I'm remembering correctly, there's 6 bolts that attach the engine to the transmissions bellhousing.
On the engine side, I got a crack around the middle bolt on the driver side. The bolt no longer threads into the engine and slides in and out (I'm pretty sure the bolt was long enough).
I was thinking I could buy a longer Grade 8 bolt and nut with washers to tighten down on the outside of the engine bolt hole? But I don't think its flat and don't want to make it worse.

Not sure what to do, does anybody have any ideas? Thanks!
Oh and this is off topic but can I just use AutoZone brand ATF in my tcase? I'm using synth 10/30 in my ax5.
Thanks for any help

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Unread 02-03-2015, 01:41 PM   #2
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Any atf will work in the t-case.
Not sure on the real problem. Free bump.
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Unread 02-03-2015, 01:53 PM   #3
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I'm not real sure I understand what it is that is cracked. Bellhousing (aluminum) or the engine block (cast iron)? I got the part about the bolt not threading in, so does that mean the ear spread open so no longer do the threads engage?

Is there any way you can submit some photos that demonstrate what it is that is damaged here?
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yes I'm a some guy and have always put gasket sealer on my surfaces before mating
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Unread 02-03-2015, 02:08 PM   #4
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Thanks goob
And sorry for the bad explanation. The engine block cracked on the location that the bolts thread into. I can post a picture when I get home, I dont know a lot of the terminology so can't explain it better or answer your questions really
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Unread 02-03-2015, 03:03 PM   #5
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Hopefully that helps clear up my confusing explanation.
It started as a crack and then fell off while I was wheeling.
The missing chunk is on the engine block.
Thanks, and sorry, still learning
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Unread 02-04-2015, 09:16 AM   #6
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That one kinda sucks!
It's not uncommon for cast to break like that. Unfortunately where yours is at its not going to be easy to get to in order to build that back up with welding. It would also be difficult to drill and tap that type of repair and maintain alignment with the bell housing hole.
Your best bet might be welding a threaded stud into the block. I've seen that done before but I'm not sure how well it held up. Most of the time when welding cast your just trying to repair cracks or fill in material. Its a little more difficult to join a different part.

Either way I don't see any easy solution for you other than leaving it or a couple of redneck engineered methods (that are probably short term) and at a minimum that tranny will need to be dropped out of the way.
Hopefully someone with a better solution will chime in here soon.
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Unread 02-04-2015, 09:35 AM   #7
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My first thought would be to put a stud in and braze it in place, rather than welding it. Really the only options are a redneck repair or a new block so anything is worth a try.
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Unread 02-04-2015, 11:08 AM   #8
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It's 1 bolt out of 6. I would drive on and not sweat it.
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Unread 02-04-2015, 03:09 PM   #9
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Drill the hole out. grind a flat spot on the engine block part and put a nut and bolt thru there AND a big washer..
But not really needed...
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I only just now am able to see the photo, I am firewalled at work. So long as the other bolts are intact, and especially the registering dowels, you should not have to worry with the loss of that one bolt.
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yes I'm a some guy and have always put gasket sealer on my surfaces before mating
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You should go to Pirate. I hear they are real smart over there. You'd fit right in.
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Unread 02-05-2015, 10:22 PM   #11
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Okay, well at least I won't have to worry too much.
I may do some red neck repair, if I ever get to it Ill let you guys know how it goes
Before I do that I need to replace my transmission mount and probably the nutserts for the skid plate though
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