|slinger by hole in bell housing|
where it's supposed to be attached
Install Input Shaft Seal
|roughed up edges|
Into One Piece
When the transaxle was built by AA Transaxle in Seattle, the bellhousing was sealed to the transaxle body with what looked like clear silicone caulking. Not a fan. I scraped all that out and instead ran hi-temp form-a-gasket along all of the mating surfaces. Once it becomes tacky, set the 2 sides together and set the bolts in. Rubber mallet the bellhousing into place and finger-tighten the bolts. Following the jump-the-center torquing process, set them to 18ft-pounds (if memory serves. check the Bentley).
Topped Off and Ready
|slinger with JB Weld|
Once the transaxle and bellhousing were one piece again, you need to give the form-a-gasket time to cure. I gave it 24 hours and then opened up the fill hole. It took all the gear oil I had on hand, and was still a touch low. I'll need a fresh bottle to top it off before I take much of a test drive. Remember, the tranny is full when oil spills out of the fill-hole when the tranny is on level ground.
That's it for today. The tranny looks good, the input shaft has almost 0 wiggle to it and the seal / form-a-gasket are holding oil. Hazah!