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Torque Converter chatter just started
I'm out in Nashville visiting my folks and 1200 miles from home and have a failing torque converter, I think. My folks have a steep driveway and backing out this morning there was a pretty good rattle from the trans area. I had to keep my foot into it and allow the rattle in order to back out, it was my only option.
While starting and idling the truck it is very apparent the sound is coming from the TC area. Took the cover off and inspected for loose flywheel bolts and anything else that looked wrong. Flywheel looked good best I can tell.
If I bring the RPMs up to 1400, the rattle goes away...I assume this is the TC locking, no more noise until RPMs drop below 1400.
Driving at highway speeds (or at lower speeds in town when the TC in locked) there is no noticeable chatter or shudder only when it unlocks to come to a stop and below 30mph. I have read about the early 99 TC issues and mine sounds exactly the same, some of these guys put 20k before fixing it. But I have an 02 and not sure if my failure point inside the TC is the same as the e99ers and I don't want to trash the tranny or flywheel by having something fail at highway speeds or when slowing down from highway speeds to refuel.
So...now for my question to you guys out there. I would love to do this job in MY driveway and not in my folk's...what do ya'll think about the risk involved?
I want to order the right TC (solid billet, etc) and do the job when I get home. Otherwise, its a NAPA (Pro-king) Torque converter working with only the tools I brought with me in my dad's driveway...
I realize it's a loaded question but thanks in advance for your help.
2005 Excursion 6.0l Eddie Bauer, 175k