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Toyota Tercel 92. Manual Transmission. With new starter assembly just put on. Starts fine, engine runs excellent, but it still does the hard clunk like it did before I switched starter. It only does it when the engine sits for 10-15 min. (Never after a quick stop) It even drags a little longer then the one single hard clunk. What's the deal with that? Also there's a noise that follows - moderate vibration - when I engage the engine in first and second gear. It use to happen only in first gear. The clutch isn't sticky or it doesn't seems that the flywheel is warped or missing teethes. Could that possibly be the engine mount? Would this be hard to replace?

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  • TONY LAVICTOIRE Jun 01, 2010


    What do you mean by pusing it hard?



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Yes, it could be a motor mount, but to me this sounds more like a transmission problem - one of the bearings might be worn out or a misbalanced driveshaft..
Simple test: with a cold engine push it vigorously - it shouldn't budge at all. Then watch while it's started - the movement should be small and not jerky.
To replace it it's quite easy: all you need is to loosen the driveshafts and lift the engine a little (watch for the fuel line) on each side.

Posted on Jun 01, 2010

  • Azrael SRL Jun 01, 2010

    Put your hands on the engine and give it a shove - if the bushings are good the movement should be barely visible.



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