Never in all my days have I seen or heard of this happening. Im cruising down the highway…and BANG!!! Followed by HORRIFIC noises from my front left wheel… I thought I snapped an axle or cv joint and it was flopping around or my brake caliper was loose and trying to seize my front wheel…but gently applying accelerator told me I was wrong about CV/Axle snapping because the car would actually accelerate and would not be able to do so with either joint or axle missing. Anyway the Terrible noises continued to get worse as the inner CV joint and its bolts were hammering off the lower control arm. I was about 2 miles from home and gently limped it to a ball field… where I had to figure out just WTF happened.
I open my hood and my entire engine and trans are at a Severe downward angle … My Transmission bolts simply SNAPPED ! No event preceded this, no big bump in road or anything of the sort. So…In my clean jeans and button down shirt…I proceed to jack up the car…look under and the engine n trans are inches from the street… LOVELY…
After jacking up the front drivers side…I put my second small bottle jack under trans…removed my air box…lowered car which raised the tranny back up to its mount and used one of my heavy but thin ratchet straps to “hang” my drivetrain up long enough to limp home… So i limped the 1/2 mile from the ball park to the safety of my driveway.
Now I need to extract the remnants of the bolts out of my transmission…or I need a new 6 sp manual trans…which will be rare as hens teeth on a vehicle they only made 3500 of… Lordy have mercy…
What is the moral of the story ? Boy Howdy I don’t really know…Ive never had this happen…nor even heard of it happening before. Only thing I can think of is that someone over-torqued those bolts and near snapped them…and then they just let go. Nothing I could have done nor any Preventive maintenance would have revealed… I mean how many times do 8mm shank grade 8 bolts SNAP IN HALF on us?
I’m glad I had the skills to get myself out of this… Small consolation…now I need to get these bolts OUT… Man… Anyone wanna help…haha?
Or at least provide me with similar stories so I don’t feel like I broke too many mirrors in my day?
I feel like I fit that old saying…about the Shoemaker with ratty shoes. Most if not all my time goes toward helping others mechanically or outright repairs…and now my own equipment is in dire need of my skills. Now where is my Oxy / Acetylene torch and the easy outs ? CRIKEY !!!