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While going to work today, I notice that while I had it on 2nd gear as soon as I release the gas pedal my RPMs when as high as 3k and at first I thought my lifters were making a valve train noise but as soon as I press the clutch, the noise went away. Upon further evaluation I realize that it was coming from my tranmission. It does it while I release the gas pedal during 2nd and 3rd gear while in gear so far. Its almost like I could feel the clutch/flywheel spinning while I hold the shifter. At this point, its either my clutch or tranmission. I need help pin point my problem. Any advice appreciated.

My tranmission was rebuild about 2 years ago. My clutch was replaced about 1 year ago with a ram clutch from AM.

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Now that is on nuetral its chatering. As soon as I press the clutch, it goes away. This leads me to believe its my T/O bearing.
 

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if it were the clutch, while engaged, you would hear the noise at a certain rpm no matter what gear you are in. the clutch grabs the flywheel, therefore if something in regards to the clutch were funky, you would hear it in any gear at a certain rpm. if it ONLY happens in 2nd, then i would think it were tranny related. is there any kind of warranty on your rebuilt tranny?

EDIT: a noise that you hear in neutral with the clutch fully disengaged? but goes away once you push the clutch in? definitely sounds like a t/o bearing issue. try to stick with ford throw out bearings instead of aftermarket ones. from people's stories, aftermarket ones tend to poop the bed, where ford ones last forever.
 

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UPDATE:

When I came to a complete stop while driving my car from work to go home (the same day), that was where I got stranded, on the off-ramp. No matter what gear it was in, my car was not going anywhere. Almost like if the clutch was dead but with a clattering/broken pieces noise. So, called AAA to renew my membership and got a tow home at 1:00am:gringreen

Today I removed my transmission and it was a PITA to remove it with the passenger header on. Bullitt5339 confirmed (I know you'll read this) that there was no need to remove the headers but I had to remove my clutch while the transmission was still on the car in order to get the transmission out. I have no idea how I'm going to mount my transmission with my headers on. Maybe the same way it came out? Which does not look good.

Anyway, further assessment here is what I found to be the problem:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm276/arturo_lomeli_54k/SAM_0378.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm276/arturo_lomeli_54k/SAM_0379.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm276/arturo_lomeli_54k/SAM_0380.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm276/arturo_lomeli_54k/SAM_0381.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm276/arturo_lomeli_54k/SAM_0382.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm276/arturo_lomeli_54k/SAM_0383.jpg
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm276/arturo_lomeli_54k/SAM_0384.jpg

This is the one piece of tube from the header that seems to be the problem. It wraps around where the other end of the starter goes:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm276/arturo_lomeli_54k/SAM_0387.jpg

My questions are:
1) Would I be better off finding another transmission or go to the yunk yard and finding these broken pieces?
2) find a used transmission locally on CL? I have looked and can't find anything cheap...but I'll keep looking for some daily.
2) I know Richard (user name rj8806) either work or owns a transmission shop and I sure he would be able to give me a forum discount on the needed parts?:)

If anyone know if this type of thing happens on rare occasions or is it just my luck? I do not have slicks but my rear tire size are 275/40/18.
 

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Holy crap man... that T45 is toast. I personally wouldn't bother trying to rebuild that and just replace it. I could make a better determination if I had the gearbox in front of me but judging by the pics it looks like it just let loose. The one picture shows the 3-4 blocking ring/syncro and surprisingly the teeth on it are still ok looking. I am just guessing here but what does the counter shaft look like? Is it snapped? Curiously there looks like a "heat" mark on the thrust bearing in pic #2, does that bearing still turn freely?

Obviously I can hook you up with parts at a discount but honestly, I would even chance it trying to rebuild that one and just get a new (rebuilt) one.
 

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Holy crap man... that T45 is toast. I personally wouldn't bother trying to rebuild that and just replace it. I could make a better determination if I had the gearbox in front of me but judging by the pics it looks like it just let loose. The one picture shows the 3-4 blocking ring/syncro and surprisingly the teeth on it are still ok looking. I am just guessing here but what does the counter shaft look like? Is it snapped? Curiously there looks like a "heat" mark on the thrust bearing in pic #2, does that bearing still turn freely?

Obviously I can hook you up with parts at a discount but honestly, I would even chance it trying to rebuild that one and just get a new (rebuilt) one.

Richard, thanks for the offer but I just ended up getting a 99 cobra t45 and swapped the tail shaft and I was on my way.

Everything in picture #2 turns freely but I think I know what happened. When I changed my input shaft from my Tremec to the BorgWarner, that's where something might have gone one. When I pulled both bellhousings off (my current trans and the one I bought), on the transmission I recently bought there was some sort of ring on the end of the input shaft where it goes in the other side (if that makes sense). On my current trans (the one that broke) there was no ring that goes inside the shaft. Sorry for the lack of name knowledge...

I'll definitely keep you in mind when I'm ready to buy a beefy transmission when ever I can afford one. I'm going to supercharge my car and I would also like to upgrade my transmission at the same time.

Thanks for your help...
 
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