Problems with the torque converter in Vandejo

As stated earlier, I finally managed to get the engine back in Vandejo.  But, there seems to be an issue.  The torque converter has play in it, from front to back, even after tightening it up to flex plate.  The new bolts I got from the local vw shop said M8.8 on them and while they did fit and tighten up, Bentley calls for an M8 ….not M8.8.  Even though I was able to torque the bolts down properly, I was still able to turn them more, without ever seeming to end or get harder to turn.  Is suspect this is related to the problem I am having.  To get a better idea of the ‘play’ I am talking about with the torque converter, check out the movie below

I’m heading up to a friends house tonight to pick up an ATV jack so I can take the engine back out and take a look.  I’m frustrated with my self for not having checked the new bolts in the torque converter before having put the engine in.  For clarity, this is in regards to the three bolts that hold the torque converter to the flex plate.

Video: VW Bus torque converter with front-to-rear play/slop

4 thoughts on “Problems with the torque converter in Vandejo

  1. The torque convertor/flex plate bolts are…about .450″ long. thats about 8 or 9 pitches of the 1.0 thread.

    hope this helps

    Eric

  2. Originally Posted By eric kellner
    The torque convertor/flex plate bolts are…about .450″ long. thats about 8 or 9 pitches of the 1.0 thread.

    hope this helps

    Eric

    Thanks Eric. I am starting to think that the holes on the torque converter are stripped. I’m anxious to get the engine back out and take a look. I’ll be measuring those bolts once I get them out.

  3. mmm. i see.

    my quandry is troubleshooting a torque convertor and or 003 trans for my 75 Westy.

    it had the screechy whine, which chilton said was torque convertor… it eventually stopped whining, and transmitting i think too.
    i see remanufactured units, not 003’s though. mostly, understandably parts exist more on the left and in the middle of the country.

    but good luck on your reassembly.

    Eric

  4. Originally Posted By eric kellner

    but good luck on your reassembly.

    Eric

    And good luck I seem to have. Yesterday I removed the engine and checked out the bolts with the torque converter. The problem it seems, was a bit of grime in the holes that was preventing the bolts from going all the way in. A very amateur mistake, but a cheap one too. So I’m not complaining too much :)

    In regards to the parts, I’ve been lucky so far. Finding a replacement flex plate was a 10 minute task. But I fear finding another one (or a torque converter for that matter) would be a little harder. I’ve thought about picking one up of each to have as a spare, as they will only get harder to find.

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