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Old 08-15-2005, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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noticed this during an oil change today. can you guys tell me what it is, where to get a new one, and if its a common problem?

pics here:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/BrowsePhotos.j...&photo_count=4&

think it's between the output shaft of the tranny, and the d-shaft itself...


also saw what looks like a small radiator leak, what do you guys think?

http://www.kodakgallery.com/BrowsePhotos.j...&photo_count=2&
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally posted by SD318is@Aug 15 2005, 08:37 PM
noticed this during an oil change today. can you guys tell me what it is, where to get a new one, and if its a common problem?

pics here:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/BrowsePhotos.j...&photo_count=4&

think it's between the output shaft of the tranny, and the d-shaft itself...


also saw what looks like a small radiator leak, what do you guys think?

http://www.kodakgallery.com/BrowsePhotos.j...&photo_count=2&
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About the first question, the part damaged is made out of rubber, is called a vibration damper, it dampens vibration back to the tranny and engine.
To replace it is just a matter to the get a new one, undo the bolts and put the other one in, keeping in mind that there is an arronw on the side of it that must point toward the front of the car. Look at bavauto.com for the part. And i am not sure if its called vibration damper.

And about the radiator leak, that plastic screw is the coolant air bleed screww, this is very you take the air out the coolant system. My advice to you, just get a net one at the same website, and simple replace it when the engine is cold, you dont want hot water sprayed onto your face. Keep in mind that where the screw screw into can also be damaged, so replacing the screw will not be the final solution, you might have to replace the coolant canister..

Anyway hopt it helps, let us know.
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ah, thanks for the reply. ill check into getting those parts ordered...

i was thinking that the vibration damper thinger was made of metal! so i guess its not all that serious to hurry and fix right? i mean im not in danger of the drive shaft separating or anything?
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The 'vibration damper thingy' is called a flex guibo disc. It needs to be replaced when it starts to shred and come apart like that. Make sure you get the right part- there's two kinds, one for manual and one for auto transmission.
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