Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2002 19:49:23 -0400
From: KeithG <noonenopsamspring.com>
Subject: Re: firewall boot/grommet for shift rod


Never done it, but it would surely require removal of the console, shift mechanism. I'd disconnect the coupler at the shaft as it goes in the car, but you will have to 'reset' the linkage. this is probably the source of the air. Is it catalyzed (unleaded fuel only?) Since your address is .edu, I assume it is a US spec car. Inspect the catalytic converter heat shield for perforation (or big pieces missing). This is the most likely cause for hot key cylinders in C900s. KeithG Anthony Aalvik wrote: > I have a 1984 900T 8valve that was originally an automatic and has > been converted to a 1989 manual 5 speed non-turbo transmission. Whomever > performed the swap before I purchased this car left in place a badly > damaged firewall boot/grommet at the location where the gear selector rod > goes through. I took me awhile to discover this is why there was a lot of > warm air coming into the footwell area and why the keys were always > warm--sometimes even hot--to the touch when I went to turn the engine off. > > How hard would this part be to replace? Can someone suggest a > procedure for this operation? Is this part any different between the auto > and manual transmissions from the 1984 to 1992 900 models? > > Thank you for your helpful suggestions. > > Tony >

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