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What can cause a flywheel to break?
A flywheel can crack on the friction surface from heat caused by a slipping clutch. The ring gear on a flex plate and a flywheel can fail. They can wear from normal wear and tear, but usually fail because the teeth on the gear are ground away or even break off from a bad or week starter motor.
Can a starter ruin a flywheel?
Since the starter motor pinion material is softer than the flywheel, it is highly unlikely that the starter would ever damage the flywheel teeth. In any event, the fault was obviously present prior to the replacement of the starter.
What are the symptoms of a broken flywheel?
If your flywheel is going bad, a smooth pedal is not what you will feel. You may feel vibration as soon as you place your foot on the clutch or when you press down on the clutch. The vibration tends to get stronger as you push on or engage the clutch pedal.
What can cause a Flexplate to break?
Slight misalignment may only cause a single flexplate to break in the life of the vehicle. More severe misalignment can break a flexplate in 15,000 to 30,000 miles. Excessive crankshaft flange run-out or end plate can also cause flexplate cracking. This may occur in worn engines or engine that have been poorly rebuilt.
How much does it cost to fix a flywheel?
The replacement cost of a flywheel can range considerably. There are some flywheels which cost under $50 while others cost as much as $400 or more. It all depends on what type of car you drive, how durable the flywheel is, and whether the part is an exact OEM replacement or aftermarket.
How long should a flywheel last?
They’re not as reliable as solid flywheels, but should last at least four to five years.”
What does a faulty flywheel sound like?
You may start to experience grinding noises from the pressure plate and eventually, the flywheel other parts in the clutch assembly will overheat and cause them to warp or even crack. A slight delay in clutch engagement or soft clutch pedal are signs of slipping gears.
Why is my starter hitting my flywheel?
The sound is similar to that of a small drill spinning. When this happens there can be an issue with either the flywheel or the starter. In the case of the starter, the gear could be loose or the starter engaging motor–the one that pushes the gear onto the flywheel–might be malfunctioning.
How much does it cost to change flywheel?
Flywheel Replacement Cost. The replacement cost of a flywheel can range considerably. There are some flywheels which cost under $50 while others cost as much as $400 or more. It all depends on what type of car you drive, how durable the flywheel is, and whether the part is an exact OEM replacement or aftermarket.
What does a cracked flywheel sound like?
Noise. The classic and most obvious symptom of a cracked flexplate involves the sound it makes while the engine is running. Descriptions of the sound include clanking, chirping and a light knocking. The reason for the sound involves the flexplate’s location and its function.
What are the signs of a bad flexplate?
Symptoms of a bad flex plate
- Clunking, grinding, chirping, or rattling noises from rear of engine when engine is idling.
- Knocking noise when engine is shifted into drive or reverse.
- Heavy vibrations felt through the driver’s seat when driving at normal speeds.
- Rough-running engine.
- Loss of power at higher speeds.
Can you drive with a cracked flywheel?
If its cracked good enough to make noise, I’d say don’t drive it. That flywheel could blow apart and destroy a lot of stuff.