'99 Outback 315,000 miles with JDM motor done about 130,000 miles, wrecker's yard transmission installed 3 years ago. Third set of suspension struts; noisy vibrating rear diff 45-55 mph about to be swapped for e-bay item. It eats wheel bearings. (JDM motor with slightly higher compression ratio goes like manure off a shiny shovel compared to knackered old USA spec EJ25)
Anyway, this week a strange clattery noise has become apparent from the auto trans bell housing/flywheel area. It sounds like something intermittently loose jumping around between the flywheel and and the tq. convertor drive plate, but I/m pretty sure it is not that. It does not happen when the car is started from cold until iit has
idled for a couple of minutes. Hot restarts it is there straight away. Slowly increase revs and noise gets a bit worse then at 1400 RPM it disappears completely. Returns when RPM decreased. I suspect the Torque Convertor. Car drives fine; no warning lights or leaks.
Anyone come across this or know of it? It would be nice to have some confirmation that the Torque Convertor is the culprit before starting the joyless task of single handed transmission removal - again!