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Experience:  ASE certified auto and truck technician 15 years experience domestic and foreign
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How can I tell if my flywheel (flexplate) is going bad I ...

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How can I tell if my flywheel (flexplate) is going bad? I have a 1993 Jeep Wrangler YJ (automatice transmission). I have a rumbling/rattling noise and shifting gears is rough.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 years ago.
bad flex plates will cause vibration and generally make alot of noise...due to will not have an impact on the shifting of gears...a flexplate is merely a physical link from the engine to the transmissions torque either connects them toghether of is broken and does not...if in the process of breaking it will make alot of noise alarming you to its condition..please remember to use the green accept button - thanks - let me know if you need any further assistance
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
So, all signs point to the transmission? Fluid level was ok in that but there is a slight "sulphur burning" smell (like after you've put out a match...
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Will the second part of my question be answered or do I have to pay another $15 for that? I guess I thought it was implied that I would be pointed in other directions if the symptoms I described didn't match the engine part I listed.
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 years ago.
from what you describe it is possible to assume you have a mechanical failure in the transmission...although without being able to actually inspect it myself i cannot confirm it , but from your explaination i would recommend you go to a transmission shop and take a test drive with the mechanic and point out the exact problem you are refering to - good luck
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
How do I leave feedback?
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 years ago.
i honestly don't know