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Old 05-07-2005, 07:27 PM
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Torque convertor installation problems (Dodge 2.5)

I know it's not a hot rod, but my little sister hammered her last engine (89 Lebaron, vanilla 2.5 engine FYI) and is fresh out of college and jobless, so I'm helping her out.

I got another engine from a junkyard, changed over all the accesories (flex plate etc..). I got the engine in this morning and in trying to bolt the flex plate to the convertor, the holes never seemed to line up. If I got one in (finger tight) and spun the engine, the others were to far off to thread them in. Am I doing something wrong, or worse yet, is the convertor not on all the way? I've never worked like this with an automatic car, so this is all new to me.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Stupid question of mine. Are you sure that you have the right flexplate?
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Yes, it's the same flex plate and Torque converter from the old setup.


Not a stupid question at all.
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Two things come to mind:
1) Is it possible that for balancing purposes that flexplate and t/c need to be indexed to each other and will only bolt up in proper position?
2) Could flexplate be drilled with multiple hole patterns for different applications?
Over the years I've seen both situations during various engine&tranny swaps.

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^^Number 1 is possible. I guess I can try each one at a time.

Number 2 is isn't it, it's only got4 holes, and the convertor has 4 holes. We'll try looking for indexing, thanks.
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God will bless you for your kindness. The only way to keep my sisters from blowing up cars is to assign their boyfriends, husbands, and now children to regularly check the fluids....
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Well, that's the kicker of it all. About two weeks before she called me and said her car wouldn't "do anything", she told my Dad her heat wasn't working :sigh:

Hopefully we've all learned something. My next day off is Friday, I'll let you guys know how it goes.
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