I think I will just change the engine oil and drive it as is until we get time to swap trannys or look into it more. I really need a second vehicle, winter is coming and all I have is a Nissan 350z and a Honda VTX1300c.
I have a 1994 Olds. 88 I will be taking to the junk yard to offset the cost of the Jeep. Total investment should be around $200 after junk car.
After looking at the tranny, it looks like the oil pump bushings are out. The shaft seems to have a lot of play.
Here is the bell housing shroud. What do you guys think?
Also, I changed the oil a week ago, and we just drained it yesterday. FILTHY! Looks like it's been in there for 10k miles. Going to get fresh oil again.
The oil pan was filthy too. We cleaned that out and took out the half an inch of sludge at the bottom. It looked like hot fudge, should of snapped a picture.
That must be why they welded them to stay on! They are so smart.
Hopefully this new tranny will last the life of this jeep.
After getting everything back in, we were trying to bolt the flexplate on but we were off 1/4" on one hole no matter where we lined the bolts up. That's when I did some research and found out 93-95 flexplates are different than 96-98! We didn't want to take the tranny out again so we said screw it and egged the hole out more with a plasma cutter. That worked, it bolted up.
TIME TO START IT! We fired her up only to have our ear drums ripped apart by the loudest metal on metal sound ever. It turns out, that shim was bent so bad the flex plate bolts were hitting it worse than before. We crawled under there with something to pry with and after a good 10 minutes of fiddling with it we got the noise to a minimum. That's when we decided we have to buy a new shim
The reason we were in a hurry was because my dad had to leave for a business trip and wouldn't be back for a week. I ordered the parts and they came in yesterday, the day he came back. We got the tranny pulled and replaced the shim AND flexplate with new ones and everything is kosher now. Ended up getting the whole thing done in about 4 hours.
So in all, we replaced the flexplate, tranny shim, flexplate bolts, transmission, rear main seal, both oil pan gaskets, tranny filter, tranny fluid, fuel pump, spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap and rotor.
Total investment including ZJ: ~$850 and a good 12 hours of work.
Now that's it driving again, next thing I'd like to get is a 3" BB or F>R spring swap with 31x10.5 tires.
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