Thanks to all for your help in debugging my transmission rattle. Especially thanks to Dr. Bob and Jim at Devek for convincing me to take it step by step prior to just replacing the torque tube, and for the trans service procedure (thanks again Dr. Bob)
I have been living with the trans rattle for over a year now, everyone I talk to says that it’s the torque tube. Although it is the torque tube, the procedure to fix is much simpler.
The rattle occurs during idle and is very obvious while you are under the car. It sounds as if something is bouncing around in a metal box, the noise is very obvious when you turn the car off, as it will continue while the exhaust no longer can be heard. When you shut it down, the noise can be heard for about 1 second and comes from the transmission area. I have heard people describe this as loose marbles in the transmission. Lucky Ekman even said he thought the sound might be ball bearings from the torque tube loose in the rear of the torque tube.
Now the fix. This took me all day because I went to buy fluids and a new torque wrench to ensure precision (my old one had been dropped many times… it was a cheap one)
I drained both the transmission and the differential, making sure to get everything out of the torque converter, and replaced the trans filter and gasket (was last done 20k ago). I replaced the fluids with Mobile 1 ATF, and Mobile 1 Gear oil.
I then took off the front bell housing, and loosened the TT (torque tube) pinch collar.
I took off the rubber stoppers on the rear TT site hole, and the TC (torque converter).
I then rotated the engine clockwise and tightened the TC flex plate bolts to 34ft lbs each. I held a flashlight near the TC site hole and watched until the head of the bolt was exactly where I wanted it then moved over and tightened it to spec.
Once I had all of the TC bolts tightened to spec, I tightened the rear pinch collar to 66ft lbs (110% of spec). This one was more tricky as I was unable to see in the site hole of the TT from where I was turning the engine.
Once I finished tightening the rear TT pinch collar, I moved to the front, and torqued the flywheel flex plate bolts to spec. Again, back to turning the engine. This time it was a piece of cake as I was turning right next to where I needed to look for the pinch collar.
I completely removed the pinch collar bolt to ensure I was taking any preload off the flywheel and even tried to move the flywheel aft. Once I had everything situated I torqued the front pinch collar to 66 ft lbs.
Once I got everything back together I started it up and the noise was completely gone! I am so relieved as I really did not want to have to put the effort and $$$$$ into replacing the torque tube.
This was a pretty basic job, it just takes time and precision. If you have a rattle coming from the transmission area, I highly recommend going over all of these bolts and torquing to spec (and 110% on the pinch collars).
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San Diego, California
'94 928 GTS - Midnight Blue Metal
Very interesting report - But tell me, how will you explain that this tightening of all the bolts in the TT system have taken away all the rattling noice?
I mean that cannot be the change of the oil and the filter, then it can only be that you had some lose bolts in the TT system - Do you think that was the case?
If yes I will gladly spend a day in the garage to do the same - But for me it sound like a dream - Please explain
sorry it took so long for me to jump in. I had to dig up my password.
Yes it is true, I saw an old email string from John Pirtle (I think) a while back and it was confirmed by Jim at Devek. Jim sat in the car and correctly identified (thanks for the confirmation) the rattle.
The fluid change had really nothing to do with the noise, but it made the shifts better. I think I had a gasket leak, and torquing those pan bolts to spec helped that part out.
I don't know how loose the pinch collar was when I started (I should have checked), but I loosened them both and then torqued them down to 66ftlbs after removing any preload on the flywheel.
The torque converter bolts were all at 34ftlbs but I gave them a nice "little" snug just for the piece of mind.
The car had the rattle at idle and was very noticeable once turned off. Now it is quite, and no rattle can be heard anywhere.
I hope to get it up in the air again soon with a stethoscope to be sure, but I could not hear anything underneath
Worked for me, and YMMV. But I am a believer!
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