Saw a drip coming from the right axle seal, grabbed the axle and shook it up and down..discovered what I believe is excessive play. I’m assuming the output bearing is bad, but I don’t have a lot of experience with this transmission. Am I lookin at a rebuild, or is this normal for these? It’s not making any noise, yet.
A little bit of play is to be expected. (Nobody, to my knowledge, has ever specified *how much*, but a little...) What you don't want to see, when you shake it up and down, is up and down movement of the axle on the other side. If that's the case, then your bearings are worn.
After I bought the car, I checked the differential play by rocking the CV tripod housing on the driver's side, and sure enough there was a decent amount of movement of the passenger side tripod housing. There was a bit of "hum" while driving in 2nd and 3rd gears, but not overly excessive.
Heeding Rodney's advice, I ended up dropping the cradle and sending the transmission in for a partial rebuild. Luckily, my guy was able to find a full bearing kit for the 282. When I went to pick it up, he said the output bearings fell apart as soon as he cracked open the case.
My car only has 47k miles, so think Rodney's assessment of the 282's weaknesses is on point.
Thank you, I’ve never seen those...but I also didn’t know that some wobble is normal. I’m really curious about those Fiero Store support bearings. Looks like a simple (But expensive) solution.
My thoughts are that the Fiero Store support bearings look like the needle bearing runs directly on the axle shaft surface which was was not intended to use as a bearing surface. The GM support bearing kits have a sleeve that goes over the axle shaft that is a bearing surface which should be better. The GM bearings show up on ebay in the $30 to $50 range but take a bit of effort to make them work. Part numbers to search are 8643931 or K75125.
Some how I duplicated a reply. Disregard my previous post. I assumed it was one kit per side, so I had ordered two. Looking at your like the other day, it looks like you only had to modify the one side by cutting notches but the other side was perfect fit. Any idea what size the bolts were that you used in place of the factory ones?