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Re: tranny shudder in 122[800/1963] posted by Glenn Goodspeed on
Saturday, 2 May 1998, at 9:55 p.m.

You can put off fixing this as long as you want, but you should realize that the a frequent clutch chatter will cause extra wear on other drivetrain components, including motor mounts. If you are not experiencing violent shuddering, the wear will not be excessive, but I would be thinking about fixing this in the next six months regardless.

Others have suggested replacing the motor mounts, and this is probably a goo idea if they don't look new. Do this first, and you'll get some experience working on the car. It's cheaper and a lot less trouble than replacing clutch components. If it doesn't fix the problem, then it's time to look at the clutch.

I wouldn't recommend doing this yourself unless you have been working on cars for a few years. The first time I tried it, I spent two whole days at it. A couple clutches later, I have it down to a day's work.

I see nothing wrong with replacing the front and rear felt crankshaft seals with silicone rubber ones. Except the price. A felt seal costs about two bucks. To install a rubber seal, you have to first install a reworked seal housing and gasket. Add the price of the seal and you're talking a total of about $60.

This wouldn't bother me if I won the lottery or if the felt seals didn't work, but I've always found them to work fine and I haven't won the lottery. -Glenn.
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