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Hello Riaan and welcome to just answer. I do see issues with the flex plates cracking or the bolts that attach it to the torque converter get loose so check that. The other issue with the stalling in gear is most likely a torque converter that is getting caught up and stuck in a lock up mode. That can cause an abrupt stalling in gear. Bothe of these problems would require removing the gearbox to diagnose and repair. If you do pull the gearbox, replace the filter and fluid in it because debris from the failing torque converter can clog up the filter.
I hope this information helps, and if you need further assistance, please let me know.
Well there is an access plate on the front of the bell housing that can be removed so you can check the bolts on the flex plate. It gould be a rod knock, but I say check those but bolts first. And then get back to me.
Sounds good Riaan. I recommend not pulling the lifters and cleaning them. If you want to clean them, then add a can of Sea Foam or another oil treatment to the oil. If you suspect a lifter noise, and the oil additive does not work, then replace them. But check the flex plate first.
How is it going Riaan?