Thanks for the quick response. If my starter, clutch, and tranny all seem to
be functioning OK and I'm not hearing any stange noises, can I assume there
is no harm in continuing to drive it?
My level of confidence in wrenching does not support tearing this down on my
----- Original Message -----
From: "Randall" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2007 5:58 PM
Subject: RE: [TR] TR3/4 Tranny What did this?
>> Can someone shed some
>> light on what could have caused this and how much of a problem I might
> Not sure if any of this would apply to you, Ed, but ...
> Many years ago, on a long trip, my post-50K starter drive came apart.
> know if the cotter pin broke or if someone left it out, but the big round
> and spring came off the starter, rendering the starter inoperative. Since
> I was
> a long way from home, I just kept driving, being careful to only shut the
> off when I was parked on a hill so I could roll downhill to start it
> Every once in awhile, there would be this clanging, banging noise from
> under the
> car for a few seconds, then it would go away again.
> After several hundred miles of this, the clanging ended with an unusually
> bang, and then it never happened again. When I got home and pulled the
> I could see a ragged hole through the bellhousing, apparently where the
> spring had made it's exit. Didn't seem like it would hurt anything, so I
> another starter in and continued driving the car.
> After about a year, the clutch started acting strangely, and I pulled the
> out to find that a crack had started from that hole, and run almost all
> the way
> around the bellhousing just inside the flange !
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