Engine rear end plate with just one bolt?

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Dumindu
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Engine rear end plate with just one bolt?

Post by Dumindu » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:36 pm

My car is a Toyota Tercel 1987 DX Wagon.

When I disassemble the engine, one out of two 5mm bolts that connect the rear end plate to the engine block, was broken. Broken portion was 2mm deep inside the cavity. I pierced the broken part with a 3mm drill bit and inserted a screw extractor to remove it. Extractor was also broken.

It is a steel one and now difficult to drill it.

If I use just a one bolt to connect the rear end plate to the block, would that be ok?

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Re: Engine rear end plate with just one bolt?

Post by Petros » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:43 am

Is that the metal plate that gets clamped between the block and bell housing? it will not make any difference, do not worry about it.

the four large bell housing bolts, and the several other starter, etc bolts will hold it in place. they are only there to facilitate assembly, so the plate does not fall out of place or get misaligned during engine installation. Just pay attention this plate when you bring the engine and trans/bellhousing together, once you have several bolts in place, it will be locked into place and you can forget about it.
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Re: Engine rear end plate with just one bolt?

Post by Dumindu » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:49 am

Thank you for your advice.

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Re: Engine rear end plate with just one bolt?

Post by Mattel » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:27 am

Petros. Thanks from all of us for the effort you make to answer these types of questions! I can only imagine how many cars you've helped keep on the road!
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Re: Engine rear end plate with just one bolt?

Post by Dumindu » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:29 am

Certainly yes !

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