Originally Posted by bullettdsm
I'm real sure its not your TOB.
All the rest of what you have described is normal (except the noise of course, lol). From your description, it does sound like you have a problem with the tranny (be it in the differential or the trans itself). Either way, to fix that would require you to pull it out and look at it (I'm also not fond of the incorrect fluid part)
Funny how you start of with "My son now has my car". Does said son enjoy doing "holeshots"? You know where I'm going with that.
I would double check (to be sure) the motor mounts, wheel bearings and axles first (all things that could generate noises that you are refering to. From your description, the clutch is not a choice), but it does seem that you are heading in the direction of tranny.
As far as the fluid goes that was 3000 miles ago. There were tiny metal flecks when I changed the tranny fluid. It shifts fine through all the gears. The last time I drove the car it was making a sound like there was a flat spot on the tire. I didn't go far and came right back home when I noticed the noise (about 1/4 mile). I can't say if it was related or not.
To be honest I haven't been driving the car much over the past 3 years, my son needs a car. He's only been driving it for a week. That's all I am going to say about that
I jacked the car up and all 4 wheels spin freely no binding at all. The wheel bearings seem fine too. There is no clicking from the outer cv joint. It making noise in a straight line. I had a thought of may be the inner cv joint and the differential that was on my mind too.
I'm way busy with work and family and everything else. I want to make a correct diagnosis to save time. I will drain the tranny to see if there are any metal shavings. How can you tell if it is the diff?
If I pull the tranny URGH! should I rebuild myself or go to the pull apart? AZ has a kit for $499 and I don't think that's everything. Do you know a better place? You don't know what you 're getting from the pull apart either. I really don't have any time and my son needs a car.
Well I don't think it's the trans or a driveline issue. My son took it for state inspection because the 7 days were up and they would cancel the insurance. When they plugged in the scan tool it threw a p0171 code for lean bank 1. I recently replaced the o2 sensor with an ebay splice together unit because the car was idling a little rough and could smell raw gas at the tail pipe. It idles a little better but still smells of gas.