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#1 Hondasucks

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 12:58 AM

My buddy bought a 90 Legacy LS for his wife from the junkyard he works at for like $400, unknown to him it had a blown head gasket. He scored a motor for $100 which turned out to be out of a 92, we discovered after getting it in and bolted up that the wiring connectors are different, so we swapped out the intake with the one off the old motor. When I went to bolt the torque converter bolts in, I could not rotate the motor. Loosen up the bellhousing bolts and the motor turns just fine. I fiddled with the torque converter for about 20 minutes, and I'm fairly convinced it is in all the way (no amount of rotating, jiggling, or pushing made the T/C go in any farther), any ideas? He's movin in like 2 weeks so I might end up having to take the car to my parents house and work on it there, which sucks lol so any help would be greatly appreciated!

#2 Legacy777

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 12:11 PM

The torque converter isn't seated properly. There is a last little bit that needs to be snapped in or what not. The motors have the same dimensions. The only other thing I could think of is the flexplate is damaged, or different (but not too likely).

I'd mess with the torque converter some more.

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 12:57 PM

I agree with the tourque convertor not being in all the way. It will kind of notch in once, but it isn't in all the way. You have to keep playing with it to get it full in. It's very deceiving. I busted the rotor for the pump in the transmission of my 96 because of this. Measure the distance from the lip of the trans back to the mounting holes of the torque converter. Then measure the distance from the lip of the engine back to the mounting holes on the flex plate. If the distance to the torque converter holes is less than to the flex plate holes you know the torque converter isn't in all the way.

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#4 ShawnW

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 06:16 PM

Might have taken out the pump on the Auto trans.

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 11:34 PM

sounds like the trans oil pump is hosed. might want to see if you can buy the trans cheap out of that car you got the motor from. if you're not sure on the torque converter, PULL IT OUT and reseat it. make sure it seats that last 1/4", don't assume it has.

if not...you must get the torque converter to seat that final 1/4". if it doesn't, you haven't got it right.

#6 Hondasucks

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 01:31 AM

I sure hope it didn't take out the pump, I didn't hear anything pop when I tightened the bolts, but the motor and trans were seated all but maybe 1/16" on one side when I tightened it... Hopefully it's not hosed....

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 03:09 AM

I sure hope it didn't take out the pump, I didn't hear anything pop when I tightened the bolts, but the motor and trans were seated all but maybe 1/16" on one side when I tightened it... Hopefully it's not hosed....



It's junk now.

#8 uniberp

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 11:22 PM

It's junk now.


Helpful. Maybe not. See http://www.ultimates...ead.php?t=21106

#9 Hondasucks

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 12:17 PM

more digging up old threads! lol it wasn't the pump drive shaft that was hanging up, the input shaft wasn't in all the way. We got it back together and it runs/drives great, no problems except when you start it, it revs up to 3,000 RPM and then drops to idle...

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 05:28 PM

more digging up old threads! lol it wasn't the pump drive shaft that was hanging up, the input shaft wasn't in all the way. We got it back together and it runs/drives great, no problems except when you start it, it revs up to 3,000 RPM and then drops to idle...


Yeah, I had to dig for hints, and I'm going to write a pictorial for the USRM on this situation. Glad it wasn't "hosed". That answer kind of made me freak a little. I got mine within .25 and though it was the alignment pins hangin up. Glad I stopped.




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