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Re: Flywheel upgrade for 528e automatic? (archive)

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Posted by JakeS on July 02, 1999 at 11:33:21:

In Reply to: Flywheel upgrade for 528e automatic? posted by Drew Zacharda on June 16, 1999 at 15:34:50:

Drew,
An automatic doesn't have a flywheel - that function is performed by the torque converter. The starter engages teeth on something called a flex plate (not the guibo, that's a rubber gizmo).

Anyway, you're not likely to find a lightened torque converter. What your mech is fixing is the flex plate, and that's not a heavy thing anyway.

If you haven't done this already, send the driveshaft to one of those outfits that rebuilds them. They'll cut off the old U-joints and install rebuildable u-joints. Then they'll balance the driveshaft. It'll probably make it a lot smoother running. You should be able to get this done for $300 or so. That oughta unspook your buyer.

: I thought my '86 528e needed a starter, but, of course, it actually needs a new flywheel. Does anyone know of a flywheel upgrade that will help the car's modest acceleration?

: While getting the flywheel fixed, my mechanic also recommended replacing the driveshaft. This has spooked the buyer I had for the car. . . So, if anyone's interested in a nice 110k 528e with a new front suspension, flywheel and driveshaft, let me know.

: -Drew Zacharda
: '90 535i/5
: '89 325iX
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