Ford Explorer 5R55E Transmission Install

Tiny
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A few days ago, I removed the transmission to install a new torque converter; of course removing the transaxle was also required. I've replaced the torque converter, and re-installed the transmission and transaxle; I was in the process of installing the torque converter nuts through the starter housing but the problem is the crankshaft won't rotate. I put the drive selector in "Neutral" and the crankshaft still will not rotate. I don't want to snap something by putting too much effort on the socket and ratchet but that's the only way I can locate all of the bolts for the torque converter. Is there something seriously wrong or what seems to be going on? Driveshafts are not attached and just to be sure, I rotated the drive selector on the transmission through all gears but the crankshaft still will not move. HELP REQUIRED!
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Friday, December 8th, 2006 AT 9:49 AM

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Tiny
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There is a possibility that the torque converter pilot is binding against the flywheel. The converter studs and converter drain plug must align with the holes in the flywheel and the torque converter must rest squarely against the flywheel. Try reaching your hand up in there and giving the torque converter a push. It shouldn't be tight, there should be a little fore and aft play before bolting it tight to the flywheel. I hope this helps.
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Friday, December 22nd, 2006 AT 2:24 AM

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