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Old 04-13-2011, 06:52 AM
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Default Mazda M50D- R1 trans problem

So I was drivin home last weekend. When I was slowin down for a red light. I shifted from 4th to 3rd at about 30 mph and then I lost all power. The trans made a noise. Its kind of hard to put in words what the noise sounded like, but i'm going to say it sounded like a piece of sheet metal slapping the spokes of a bike tire thats spinning extremely fast. Now for the part that i'm confused about. I can put it in any gear. The clutch pedal is the same as it has allways been ( nice and firm). I can move the truck, but have to be very gental with the gas. If i give to much it makes the noise and i lose all power. If i don't give it enough the same happens.I can shift through all the gears as long as it is moving fast enough. So my question is do you think its the clutch or the trans. Plz explain your opinions i will greatly appreciate it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:00 AM
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Default Re: Mazda M50D- R1 trans problem

Im thinking its the transmission. If it was the clutch you wouldnt be able to shift right if at all.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:37 AM
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Well i was thinking the clutch cause if it was tranny there would be at least one gear i could not shift to. I'm thinking that maybe the clutch disk itself might be the problem but not sure. The only thing i can think of to make the noise is either the teeth on the clucth disk broke or the main shaft sheered a gear.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:27 AM
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Default Re: Mazda M50D- R1 trans problem

Sounds like the transmission to me


Either way gonna suck and be expensive : /
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:21 AM
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Default Re: Mazda M50D- R1 trans problem

Not really you can find a relatively cheap m5od with a clutch from a junk yard or online. The hard part is making the swap.
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:12 PM
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I have already found a couple at my local yard. There pretty cheap about $70. The hardest part of the swap is getting the exhaust off. It a V6 so it has to come off and it's never been off. So I went got so new exhaust bolts just in case. I'm hopin its just the clutch though. I mean i can always wish right.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:21 PM
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Default Re: Mazda M50D- R1 trans problem

prolly the trans. and prolly ATF casued the failure.

You can pull the trans without taking the exhaust off, you have to turn the trans sideways to the pass side. It will slip right out
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:26 PM
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Huh, who knew they were that cheap? I badly need a 5th gear and am looking for a tranny to convert and replace my 4speed
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:22 AM
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Default Re: Mazda M50D- R1 trans problem

Yeah I tryed to do that when I put the cheap clutch in it and the tranny would not pass through the exhaust at all. No matter which way i turned it. Just would not happen. I found the trans cheap at my local pull-a-part junk yard. They're pretty cheap on all they're prices. You can get a complete V8 engine for around $150. No matter the size. When I say complete I mean everything you need to start the engine.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:43 PM
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Well yea I can go junkyard pull a $100 motor as well, with all accessories.

I was questioning them selling for that ELSEWHERE. I've run a $100 junkyard motor for 114k before and did all I could ask
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:02 PM
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Well found the problem. The clutch spring retaining ring broke in one section. It was allowing the center spin freely in the clutch and the sound was the center smacking the springs.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:36 PM
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Well found the problem. The clutch spring retaining ring broke in one section. It was allowing the center spin freely in the clutch and the sound was the center smacking the springs.
Now that's a find. At least its not a horrible one
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:25 AM
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Default Re: Mazda M50D- R1 trans problem

yeah its a hell of lot cheaper.
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