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Used TorqueFlite questions.
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Posted 2020-07-13 9:15 AM (#600791)
Subject: Used TorqueFlite questions.

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I'm looking at a used TorqueFlite transmission for a 1957 Dodge and have a few questions.

1) When you move the shifter cable in and out should I feel the "indents" as it goes from R to N to D, etc.? I don't feel anything like that but the cable does move in and out.

2) When turning the input shaft should the rear shaft with the parking brake drum turn as a direct connect between the two?

I've never had to buy a used transmission so if anybody has any tips on what to look for I would appreciate it.

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Posted 2020-07-13 1:11 PM (#600802 - in reply to #600791)
Subject: RE: Used TorqueFlite questions.


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Location: NorCal
1) There are detents inside the trans but they're not very noticeable because the shift cable won't tolerate stiff detents.

2) There is enough drag in the released clutches that the output shaft can turn with the input shaft.

A used auto trans is always iffy, only a teardown will tell the internal condition. Removing the pan can give an idea of condition i.e. fluid color and debris in the pan but shrunk/hardened seals won't show up there.
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Posted 2020-08-10 9:49 PM (#601902 - in reply to #600791)
Subject: Re: Used TorqueFlite questions.

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Just a small tip that I use when inspecting a trans that I may even use for parts...... I always pull out the front oil pump drive sleeve and see how much is left of the tangs that contact the front pump rotor. If they show significant wear you can count on the trans being a high miler. I've bought a few that have had the tangs worn almost halfway off, mind you it was intended for parts so it was no real concern. Just thought I'd mention that particular point. I wish you much luck with your intended purchase!!
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