My 1996 Ford Explorer has been on a tow truck three times now...all for flywheel problems.
The first flywheel had a large hole in the center, and it was replaced (July 2013).
Second time (March 2014) was same, but transmission service owner said that he
believed it failed due to a spacer in which he replaced as well as the torque converter
and the front pump seal. He charged no labor, or for the flywheel. Third time (May
2014), he said that he went with the Ford flywheel, instead of an aftermarket one. He
believes that these have been failing due to the engine hydrolocking. This makes no
sense to me. Help!
If your engine hydro locks it will not turn over when you try to start it due to coolant in the cylinders, so if this has never happened to you then hydro lock idea is out the window. I think he should have done one more step and that would have been replacing the front pump on the transmission while he was there, but I can understand if he was try to save the bucks. But he is going the right direction.
Thanks! BTW, my transmission was overhauled by APEX Transmission in Longwood, Fl. (June, 2013). Would the front pump that you spoke of, been replaced at that time?
That would have been subject to the over-haulers opinion, if the gears were in good condition then it is doubtful, but the receipt for the parts list would have shown a front pump. Or maybe they just did a tranny exchange, pulled yours out and put in another overhauled unit, if that is the case then you may never really know.
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