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9/02/2003
23:30:34

Subject: Installation of a Torque Converter
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I'm currently installing a new converter in my 92 Dak w/A-518. My question is; once the bellhousing is tight, how much space should there be between the flexplate and the pads on the converter? The pads I'm referring to are the pads with the tapped holes for the bolts to draw in the the converter.

I have only 1/16 inch between the flexplate and the pads. So I'm worried that I haven't got the converter seated correctly. However I've tried to find a "how-to" guide to see if that's acceptable or not.

I know that the converters for my Dakota have 2 sets of splines to seat on the input shaft of the transmission, but it doesn't really seem to me that I've got the converter back far enough.

Any thoughts????



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12/06/2003
13:24:14

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I am having the same problem with my Durango. I called a tranny place up and there is a nub that free floats inside the torque converter that has to fit into the hole in the input shaft. It is a real pain and if anyone has any tricks to help make it easier I would appreciate it.



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12/06/2003
17:17:59

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ok heres what u do. put the converter on the shaft and spin it. u should feel it drop in twice. the second tim will be real solid. if ur not sure then pull it out just a hair and push it back in. i work on these transmissions very often. im a chrysler tech



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12/06/2003
21:26:01

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Get a socket that will fit snugly over the tranny output shaft without being forced on or causing damage. Use the ratchet handle to rotate tranny while a second person holds the converter with a mild pressure. As the output shaft is turned, the second set of splines will find their place and the converter will slip back with an unmistakable "clunk." For the record, this is a universal design for the 904 and 727-based trannys.



Troy
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12/07/2003
20:38:38

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I can get it to slide onto shaft fine, but where it seems to be hanging up is the little free floating nub inside the torque converter seems to me, to fall down when I go to put the torque converter onto the input shaft on the transmission and I can not get it to line up to fit into the hole in the end of the input shaft. The transmission is still in the truck.



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12/07/2003
20:44:48

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12/07/2003
22:21:51

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If the bellhousing is TIGHT and there is still slack in between your converter pads and the flex plate then it MUST be in there completly. Maybe 1/16 is all there is with your new converter.

Usually when you don't get the converter lined up and in all the way into the transmission PUMP and then you go and tighten the bell housing to the engine, you would NOT be able to turn or move the converter at all because it would be in a bind before the bell housing met the engine.

Getting the converter to slide back into the pump is always a real b*tch sometimes. But you may have it in if can still spin the converter with the bell housing tight to the engine.

Hope this helps.



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12/08/2003
19:11:17

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Well I found out, after taking my torque converter to a tranny shop, that the little nub free floating inside my torque converter was a bolt that some how fell into my torque converter. I think that it will go on a little easier now. Thanks to all for their help.

Troy



Kevin
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10/09/2017
18:13:35

99 4x4 Dakota 3.9 liter torque converter install
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When I bolt the bell to the motor the
converter is to far back from the flex
plate the converter bolts won't reach does
anyone know what to do I was afraid I had
the wrong tranny but was told its right



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