Originally Posted by kougan
I agree with you on the bearings possibly spinning in the cover. May as well replace them while I've got the box open, along with the springs, which I've heard tend to fail in time. Everything else looks to be fine though. I'll take the advice and try a heat gun on the other two shafts. The torch isn't cutting it.
It will take a few minutes to heat up enough with the heat gun.
Once in the vicinity of the necessary temp, use one hand to pull/rattle the two shafts while continuing to heat the front of the tranny.
Don't use loctite or similar to retain the bearings in the cover!
If the bearings are spinning in the cover (and it looks to be the case) they will be grinding away at the shims as well.
The cover may be toast??