Transmission trouble

Tiny
AXIS
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  • 1996 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 318,750 MILES
The inner CV joint on the passenger is wobbling to the point that it makes the car body shake at speeds of 80 to 100kph. Last week I removed the axle and tried to touch with the finger the splines inside the trans. Splines were ok, but the part having the splines were moving left and right using just my fingers. Somebody said movement in the differential is normal. Well today, I helped a friend change the outer CV joint of his 97 civic so I took the opportunity to peek inside his trans. The part having the internal splines have very little horizontal movement compared to mine. Now Im sure the problem is inside the trans. IS there an easy way to repair/ replace the damaged part. Can it be done without taking off the whole trans down? I cannot remove a trans alone. My workshop is under a tree along the road. Pls help!
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Friday, July 15th, 2011 AT 12:10 PM

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Tiny
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The fault lies with the differential and the transmission has to be stripped down to get at the part. It could be a worn bearing or excessive clearance somewhere due to wear.

The repair is not going to be easy nor cheap as differential parts are not easy to get except from the dealer and they are going to cost a hand and leg, unless only the bearings are faulty.
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Friday, July 15th, 2011 AT 1:09 PM
Tiny
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Tnx alot. Now I have a direction what to do next. Gonna ask the salvage yard for the trans. Even with just the cost of a new OEM bearing( if I could get one) + labor in a real workshop might cost me more compared to just change the whole trans. And if I could have somebody to help me around, maybe Ill do the replacement myself.
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Friday, July 15th, 2011 AT 1:44 PM
Tiny
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The other day I went to the 2nd hand parts dealer. The trans cost ranges from US$ 200 to $250, installation cost 50 to 75. Rather cheap, but a friend told me they might be selling me traded-in trans. When you buy from them you give them the old one. So I went today to the scrap yard. Price ranges from $150 to 250, no installation. Price was cheaper and the trans was still attached to the engine and still mounted on the car. I have found around ten cars of the same model in a few minutes of searching on the yard, there were lots of them. The question now is which one do I buy. What should I look for when buying a used trans? Most of them have around 200K miles on them. Any tips would be very helpful to me. Tnx.
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Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 AT 5:22 PM
Tiny
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Just ensure there are no signs of leakages and if the oil looks clean, the trans should be good.
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Sunday, July 24th, 2011 AT 12:19 AM
Tiny
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Tnx for the tips
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Sunday, July 24th, 2011 AT 12:30 PM

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