Greetings once again fellow wrench-heads. I still have the thunk. I just checked the play on each drive wheel to transaxle. There is none that I could detect by jacking up each wheel in turn and rotating it by hand in park. There was some play but it was all inside the transmission, probably to be expected in park. The CV joints showed no sign of looseness, but the one on the driver’s side going to the wheel had a boot that was broken at the axle, right at the clamp. I looked up up symptoms of bad CV joints and none that I found on several sites described my thunk, and I have none of the symptoms that were listed.
So I am down to three items to address (that I can think of):
- Replace the remaining mount, the left one that is attached to the transaxle.
- Top off the ATF fluid, which is just at the bottom of the hash marks on the dipstick after 5 miles of stop and go driving. The prevailing wisdom seems to be to drive at least 20 miles and then check to give the fluid time to heat up completely.
- Swap out the transmission for a rebuilt, which is not likely to happen.