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Old 07-09-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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possible LSD failure

hey tom. this is chase, i brought my red 00 zx3 to you over christmas and you installed the torsen LSD, flywheel, motor mounts, and all that stuff for me when i blew that monstrous hole thru the transmission case. i was going to head to the drag strip today and i always fully inspect my car before going and i noticed a sound that isnt normal. i jacked up the driver side front first and spun the wheel with it in neutral. when i turn the wheel about 1/8th-1/16th of a turn back and forth i hear what sounds like loose gears smacking for that short span but it only makes the sound during that small portion of the turn and only when the wheel is being turned forward and then back. it doesnt do it anymore after the initial 1/8th or so of a turn, it will rotate fully with no more sound until the wheel is stopped and started spinning back in the other direction. i have the sound recorded on my phone and sent it to my e-mail but its not working for some reason so i guess im going to have to borrow a cam corder or something with a SD card. maby im just being paranoid and its always done it but im not going to the strip unless i know what that is. i would think that few people know torsen and quaife differentials better than you. please get back with me sometime soon! if you would rather call you have my number in pm. well probably not if you're in mexico because thats bound to be long distance. let me know if you want me to send the recording of the sound to you. thanks tom!

EDIT: it sounds kinda like flywheel chatter when you are taking off at low rpms. that chattering sound you hear from about 1000-3000ish rpms. it seems like the sound is just limited to the driver side of the transmission case and its definately coming from inside the tranny. ive pulled the motor/tranny out of my other beater a few times so if i need to pull this one it wont be a big deal.


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Old 07-09-2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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pulled the drain plug on the tranny to see if there were any metal shavings in the fluid. still looks fresh with no shavings.
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There is a magnet inside trans case, so it's hard to see any small metal parts through drain plug I think...
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i know about the magnet. nothing there. i took it for a drive today of about 15 miles in all just right around the house real easy like to listen for any unusual noises. didnt hear anything. stopped on the hill above my house and ran her hard thru 1st 2nd and part of 3rd so if something were to break i could at least coast it into the driveway and maby to the garage. nothing unusual still, everything felt and sounded normal. jacked it up and did the same thing with the wheel and its still making that noise like there is something loose in there. im starting to think im just being paranoid.
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well ive been all over creation today with no problems or odd noises. ive been so far all over that im going to do an oil change tomorrow. thanks a ton for the quick phone call and the suggestion to pull the drain plug tom.
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i know about the magnet. nothing there. i took it for a drive today of about 15 miles in all just right around the house real easy like to listen for any unusual noises. didnt hear anything. stopped on the hill above my house and ran her hard thru 1st 2nd and part of 3rd so if something were to break i could at least coast it into the driveway and maby to the garage. nothing unusual still, everything felt and sounded normal. jacked it up and did the same thing with the wheel and its still making that noise like there is something loose in there. im starting to think im just being paranoid.
Mine does the same thing. I think you are just being paranoid.
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I have almost the exact same noise you are talking about. Almost 200K on the car and it's never affected anything.
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What you are hearing is the backlash in the final drive. Its entirely normal.
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