Rubber gasket bell housing?

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brotherbob
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Rubber gasket bell housing?

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There is a rubber gasket that goes between the engine bell housing and transmission? Just above the front diff?

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Like a dust shield of sorts.
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Hey Bob,

Maybe 11" x 2" or so, formed plastic shield. I fought having it in place when I went to install the engine and finally gave up, it hasn't created an issue that I know of yet. It hangs down just enough that it contacts the diff first and then wants to move/roll. If the engine and transmission were married outside of the car and installed together, I believe there would be a much better chance of success.
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Re: Rubber gasket bell housing?

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NWMO wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:23 am Hey Bob,

Maybe 11" x 2" or so, formed plastic shield. I fought having it in place when I went to install the engine and finally gave up, it hasn't created an issue that I know of yet. It hangs down just enough that it contacts the diff first and then wants to move/roll. If the engine and transmission were married outside of the car and installed together, I believe there would be a much better chance of success.
Thanks Bubba , I may have to cut one out.
I am assembling the engine and transmission out of the car.
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Re: Rubber gasket bell housing?

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yes, it is a plastic shield, with one edge a rubber blade (like a windshield wiper blade). I think it was to keep sand and grit from getting into the bell housing. but no real harm will come to the clutch or trans, fine sand might strike the back of the flywheel if it got tossed directly into that gap, and than just get thrown outward.

all of the these shields I have pulled have either been out of place and damaged or often melted, or completely missing. In fact, I have never seen a good one. the gasket kits do not come with them, so I have just left them out. it is fairly protected area above the front diff. I have though about fabricating one, but I have driven perhaps 300,000 miles, much of that on gravel roads in tercels and have never found this an issue. I have also changed clutches and/or transmissions on perhaps 16 or 17 Tercel4wd, and have not see this poorly designed shield ever be an issue. I have seen the inside of the bell housing covered with oily fine grit, stuck to the inside of the bellhousing, but that is far from any moving parts.
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