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Thanks Eric, it hadn’t even occurred to me that the missing bolts could have contributed to the clutch problem, but that makes perfect sense. The release plate on the old cover was recessed, so it needed to be changed, but any added flex between the engine and transaxle would only male the problem worse. I will indeed be correcting these problems as I find them, and I’ll chronicle them as I go.
As to the gearbox, I used a floor jack to raise it along with the cherry picker pulling the engine up as I removed it. It took a little extra time going back and forth from one to the other, but I figured it would make the reinstall easier if they were matched up and I left the transaxle resting on the jack. Then, once the bolts (along with the replacements) are back in, I’ll pull the jack out and lower the whole shebang back down.
I have to wait on another water pump though because of my own mistake. I over torqued one of the bolts and snapped it clean off. Fun wow. But yeah, if you ever have to replace one while it’s in the car, remove the engine support on that side first.
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