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Technical Bulletin #145

Transmission: Subject: Application: Issue Date: A-500/A-518 Overdive section assembly tips Chrysler November, 1992

A-500/A-518
Overdive Section Assembly Tips Direct Clutch Assembly
There are three different direct clutch counts possible for the A-500 / A-518. The only reliable way to determine direct clutch count is the snap ring groove height. Attempting to determine direct clutch count based on year, application, engine size, etc, will not be successful! Measure the distance from the snap ring groove to the top edge of the drum (as shown below) to determine direct clutch count.

The 5 clutch direct pack was used for early production on A-500’s only. All A-500’s were updated to the 6 clutch direct pack. If you have an early A-500 with a 5 clutch pack, it is advisable to update to a 6 clutch pack drum (part #4461040). All A-518 units come with an 8 clutch direct pack. If you want to beef-up and A-500 for a heavy duty application, you can upgrade to an A-518, 8 clutch drum (part #4661089). NOTE: It is extremely important to measure for the proper selective overdrive shim.

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Technical Bulletin #145 To make certain you’ve matched up you direct clutch count correctly with you direct drum. just be sure that after you install the top snap ring in the direct drum and release the clutch from the press that the top end of the sun gear is within 1/16". All Rights Reserved.1/8" flush with the top of the sliding hub hole. ! Page 2 of 3 Copyright © 2003 ATRA. .

2 steel Thick apply plate Round wire snap ring A518: A500: A500: A500: A500: Except 1992 and later Diesel: Thin reaction plate goes first 4 clutches. The first version. 1 steel Thick apply plate Round wire snap ring A500: A500: A500: A500: Thin reaction plate goes first 3 clutches.) Copyright © 2003 ATRA. with only two clutch discs was updated to a three clutch version shortly after production began.Technical Bulletin #145 Overdrive Clutch Assembly There are four different overdrive clutch counts available. (Same as thin reaction plate. 5 steels Round wire snap ring (The last steel acts as the apply plate. A500: A500: A500: A500: Thick reaction plate 2 clutches. NOTE: It is advisable to update a two clutch version to three clutches whenever you encounter one.) Round wire snap ring A518: A500: A500: A500: A500: 1992 and later diesel: Thin reaction plate goes first 5 clutches. ! Page 3 of 3 . 3 steels Thin apply plate. All Rights Reserved.