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Transmission install Having trouble with aligning up tranie with engine. 1/2 inch off, do not see what the issue is? Have any idea?

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Yes, typically the torque converter needs to be rotated and pressed towards the transmission, or serious damage will result. In essence the converter should be able to clear the flywheel during trans mounting. The converter needs to be rotated, lifted, jiggled, etc, to line up splines and the pump.

Posted on May 30, 2010

  • craig Jan 02, 2011

    if certain the torque converter is fully seated into trans proceed but note also that you have to align the flywheel holes with the torque converter studs accessible only through the starter opening before final contact can be made. for some reason ford did not get this clearance right.

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