Roadside Repair Tip

As the Flying Quail group was on their annual fall trip a couple of years ago, Herb Mahler heard a strange noise coming from the engine compartment of his car.  He got on the CB and notified the tour leader that his engine was knocking.  Luckily, the leader found a grassy area to pull twelve cars over safely.  This was not as easy as it may sound, as we were traveling through Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County.  As the men all stuck their head under the hood to find and diagnose the problem, Clara, Herb’s wife, was sitting in the car.  First the rods and mains were ruled out with a huge sigh of relief from the group.  The noise was coming from the bell housing area.  Once that was determined, the gentlemen began giving their ideas as to how a correction could be made.

We had to try to figure out what in the bell housing was making the noise.  We took the inspection cover off the back of the housing near the rear main and the inspection cover off near the throw out bearing.  Then we tried to view the culprit with lights and mirrors.  We could see a nut or a bolt at the bottom of the bell housing.

First we tried magnets to get the bolt out.  We also tried rags tied to a stick.  We were stumped.  Luckily we had an old farmer with us, Fred Kazmaier.  He said to take some grease and put it on the flywheel and then run the flywheel around.  With the grease’s gooey texture, it should pick up the bolt.  After a couple of conservative attempts, we decided that more grease was better.  We caked the grease on in one spot, turned the flywheel around backwards and around it came.  Once we got it out, we realized it was one of the original bendix bolts.  The bendix had broken about a year before and the bolt rattled around in the bottom of the bell house until it had worn enough to stick in the flywheel gear.

Now we all carry heavy grease with us just in case something like this should ever happen again.  It was a really neat opportunity to have men of all ages and experiences coming together and solving our dilemma.  I hope that we all can continue to learn from the more experienced people of this organization.

FYI:  The flywheel weighs 63 lbs., 4 oz.  It is balanced within .15In/oz. and the flywheel bolt torque is 65 Ft./lbs.  Clutch mounting surface and clutch disc surface must run true to crankshaft within .005″ TIR.

This tech tip was provided by the Flying Quail Chapter and was originally printed in the September 2001 “A” Quail Call.

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