ratchet top problem

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ratchet top problem


Post by joebuck64 » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:00 pm

havin a problem getting the ratchet top off my trans put it in netural but its sti hanging up on the drum side any help would be great thanks

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Re: ratchet top problem


Post by Robert Luland » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:10 pm

Go to your local auto parts store and buy a gasket scraper. Put the flat side down on the case and lightly tap it inbetween the case and the top. The top will pop off and you will cause no damage. Hope this helps, Bob L

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Re: ratchet top problem


Post by RUBONE » Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:15 am

There is a dowel pin on the drum side that if badly rusted will hang up. Soak it with penetrating oil for a day or so. Because of where it is it often is rusty or corroded from leaking batteries, etc.

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Re: ratchet top problem


Post by Panhead Ed » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:57 am

Do you have ALL the bolts out ? just asking, its sometime the most obvious stuff that slips by

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