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Old 11-19-2012, 11:40 PM   #21
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Yes, bolt like that also gets used on the bumper. But I'm still thinking transmission (or starter that bolts onto the transmission)
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:11 AM   #22
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It looks like on 11/28/11 the clutch and flywheel were replaced. I have attached in the invoice in case there is anything relevant in there that I might not have noticed. The work was done by Orr Autosport in Eden Prairie, MN
If you find it is from the transmission, take it back to that shop and tell them to finish the job and finish it correctly. Tell them you want to see all of the tranny bolts torqued properly before they return the car to you.

That is inexcusable workmanship.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:07 PM   #23
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So the winner is QAfred it was bolt #5, #2 was loose too and we couldn't reach the top two very well even with swivel sockets.. I will be speaking with that shop in the morning to have this addressed...
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:28 PM   #24
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I am 99% confident that it is your tranny bolt. It could also be your rear differential output/half shaft bolt (1% confident)

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Old 11-20-2012, 07:32 PM   #25
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That looks exactly like a transmission bolt, and seeing as you recently just had flywheel service done, I think it's safe to say that someone forgot to torque to spec.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:47 AM   #26
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Wow, thought I was the only one. I was under the car doing some other work and found a Trans bolt just sitting on the top of the trans. It had somehow worked its way out (or someone did work and did not retighten). Strange
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:52 AM   #27
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That's pretty scary. I think I'm gonna take a look at my transmission next time I'm under the car.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:57 AM   #28
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Is it possible that they vibrated loose? Should loctite be used on the bolts? Bentley doesn't state anything about loctite.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:15 PM   #29
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Spoke with the shop owner and I will be going there Friday afternoon to get the bolts all re-torqued, etc
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:02 PM   #30
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Took it to the shop, all 3 bolts up top were loose.. they torqued them to spec and inspected everything free of charge..
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #31
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That's good. I'm glad he took care of you. For the rest of you bozo's, that bolt is used on the steering coupler too!
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:34 PM   #32
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Took it to the shop, all 3 bolts up top were loose.. they torqued them to spec and inspected everything free of charge..
Those guys are practically in my backyard, I've thought about taking my car there if ever needed. Glad to know they manned up and fixed/inspected everything for you!
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:35 PM   #33
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Either from the transmission to engine or bumper reinforcement to bumper shock. Those are the only two places a bolt like that gets used.
Transmission to starter will be the same bolt as well.
Sorry if this was already mentioned. Only read the first few replies
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:01 AM   #34
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could be the bolt from your front bumper
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:33 PM   #35
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Those guys are practically in my backyard, I've thought about taking my car there if ever needed. Glad to know they manned up and fixed/inspected everything for you!
It's a really nice shop and all the people there were great about the situation. The owner and I chatted about it and he was in as much disbelief as I was.
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