Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 17:06:48 -0600
From: "Ben Millard" <>
Subject: Re: Cracked sump on a '95 900; Is there anything I can do short of replacing it....

MJ Rabin wrote in message <>... >Thanks to all who have replied. I am going to see if they can weld the >bastard >at my OTHER local garage. (Anyone know any good aluminium welders in the >East End of London?) Alternatively, I will see if I can find a salvaged >sump. OK, maybe I'm just stuck in the OLD 900's, but the engine oil-sump is a portion of the cast transmission case. It is aluminum, and welding it is in theory possible. BUT BEWARE: The entire tranny is to one side in this casting, and heating up the engine sump is going to do the same to the tranny. (You might want to drain the tranny.) Also, cleaning this hairline crack up sufficiently to apply welding, solder, or glue is beyond belief. I think the trick here is to remove the engine/trans ("Power Unit") separate them, drain it all clean it all to death, and weld it up right. Sounds awful, but I don't think its as bad as what could happen if that crack gets worse. (Hey, silicone glue it and sell it. SOrry, just kidding.) Ben

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