This week has been just problem after another. We finally received the replacement CV joint ($2000 NZD) and installed it with Tom's help... OK, he installed it and I handed him tools.... We started the engine and put it in gear....
|The old CV joint!|
|The NEW CV joint! (I just painted it to try to keep the rust at bay...)|
We heard a really horrible sound at idle speed, in both directions.....
Apparently, when we had the mechanic assess our problems back in November, the horrible noise made by the CV joint covered the horrible noise in the transmission. We had short lived hope that the problem was in the drive plate between the engine and the transmission... Nope. It turns out that we most likely damaged the transmission when the motor mount bracket broke. The engine ran at a bad angle and likely caused a bearing to go in the transmission.
|The new motor mount bracket and motor mount.|
In the end, we have ordered a NEW transmission from the USA and hope to see it sometime around the end of the month. Why, you might ask, do we order it from the States? The cost of a new transmission here in New Zealand without installation - $10,000 NZD... Our cost from the States including shipping - $6,000 NZD. The only downside so far is that the company where we bought it used UPS for shipping. Based on our experience with UPS, we can only hope we eventually get it.