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Anyone ever deal with this? Doesn't really look like there's a way to replace the part without taking the transmission out.
 

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Hi, good possibility if it was diagnosed right their are cracks around the bolts that will star out in crack lines away from the bolts. If its bad enough it will eventually break away completely from the plate leaving nothing to hold it together around the crankshaft/hub mount area.

Yes the trans needs to come out to make the repair. Either that or pull the motor. I used to pull the trans, is just easier and faster.

A good shop should be able to take care of this in about a mornings work, or maybe a little less.

Hope this helps.
 

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Hi, good possibility if it was diagnosed right their are cracks around the bolts that will star out in crack lines away from the bolts. If its bad enough it will eventually break away completely from the plate leaving nothing to hold it together around the crankshaft/hub mount area.

Yes the trans needs to come out to make the repair. Either that or pull the motor. I used to pull the trans, is just easier and faster.

A good shop should be able to take care of this in about a mornings work, or maybe a little less.

Hope this helps.
I found a shop that said they can do it in about 3 hours, 4 tops. First place I had called goes off Fords specs for the repair and said it would take 8 hours! About $800 for the repair. A bit more than I can swing right now. The other guy said about $230. And he's a better rated shop.
 
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Ya it shouldn't take more than a couple hours to pull the tranny. A few minutes to replace the flex plate and another hour or two to reinstall. Draining tranny fluid and replacing adds to the cost.
 
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Flex plate or also called flywheel (although technically flywheels are for manual transmissions)

Cant be repaired on the vehicle without removing the transmission.

If you have time, patience and a torque wrench, loctite, then you can do the repair but I would not do it alone, you should have someone on your team and knows automotive. I have done this type of work and on my own, but My background is automotive, and Ive done the work without the need of a cherry picker or vehicle lift, it does take some muscle.

take it to a place with experience a transmission shop. $ 800 seems tooo much for replacing a flexplate on a rear wheel drive vehicle

the other price sounds good but can they do the work? or is it a bait and switch?

I would say this could be done in 8 hours but no more, 8 seems like a lot of hours.
 

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Flex plate or also called flywheel (although technically flywheels are for manual transmissions)

Cant be repaired on the vehicle without removing the transmission.

If you have time, patience and a torque wrench, loctite, then you can do the repair but I would not do it alone, you should have someone on your team and knows automotive. I have done this type of work and on my own, but My background is automotive, and Ive done the work without the need of a cherry picker or vehicle lift, it does take some muscle.

take it to a place with experience a transmission shop. $ 800 seems tooo much for replacing a flexplate on a rear wheel drive vehicle

the other price sounds good but can they do the work? or is it a bait and switch?

I would say this could be done in 8 hours but no more, 8 seems like a lot of hours.
The second quote ($230) is a local transmission specialist and one of the best rated in town. The first was from a general mechanic shop. The second guy said it could take 8 hours if you've never done it or have very little experience doing it, but it's all he does, he can get them out pretty quick. So I'll get it in to him and have him look at it.
 
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The second quote ($230) is a local transmission specialist and one of the best rated in town. The first was from a general mechanic shop. The second guy said it could take 8 hours if you've never done it or have very little experience doing it, but it's all he does, he can get them out pretty quick. So I'll get it in to him and have him look at it.
Your transmission place is probably the best bet.
They remove and replace transmissions all day long and will be the fastest.
 

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I cannot for the life of me remember which van I replaced a flexplate in "without" removing the transmission.
There was room to do it through the inspection plate.
I have had both fords and chevys but I believe it was a chevy that I changed.
 
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I cannot for the life of me remember which van I replaced a flexplate in "without" removing the transmission.
There was room to do it through the inspection plate.
I have had both fords and chevys but I believe it was a chevy that I changed.
Probably a chevy or a ford with a different trans than what I have. I don't have a full plate that comes off (to my dismay), its like a 1.5" diameter plug on the bottom and a fist sized rubber plate that snaps over another hole on the left side of the transmission. So I can get a look but really cant do anything.
 

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change the rear main seals if its wet from oil
No oil down under! Opposed to my Suburban that was coated in oil from front to back. Was told a U Joint had dried out on the Suburban I was like, how? There's a constant flow of oil under there, it should be the best lubricated drive line you've ever seen! Lol!
 

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I cannot for the life of me remember which van I replaced a flexplate in "without" removing the transmission.
There was room to do it through the inspection plate.
I have had both fords and chevys but I believe it was a chevy that I changed.
You can split the transmission without lower it, (sorry I failed to say this earlier)
 

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Ya it shouldn't take more than a couple hours to pull the tranny. A few minutes to replace the flex plate and another hour or two to reinstall. Draining tranny fluid and replacing adds to the cost.
True, trans fluid aint cheap and it holds
You can split the transmission without lower it, (sorry I failed to say this earlier)
With the cover in the cab that pops out and the transmission and engine are just right there, be cool if you could do it from the top. If that wee possible I could probably do it myself.
 

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Through the access plate on the bottom of some transmissions
I’ve managed to shave down spanners and fitted a sort of pressure spring to the open end so that you can use the spring to put pressure on the flex plate bolts and actually re-thread the bolts into the crank and nip them up...
I found the spanner I cut but couldn’t see the spring I mad so made another quick just to illustrate
If I remember I cut off the ring end so I could slip a small tube onto the end of the slammer shaft to get the length
 
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