Just chalked up another lesson... Finally got it apart. Transmission fine. Ok, I'm an idiot. It was such an odd noise, like metal grating on plastic. I couldn't pin it down earlier. Re-assembled. Thought it was somehow a bad plastic coupler, even though it looked fine. Tried it again re-assembled. Same noise. Looked much harder to pin it down. So simple. Something in the drain hose against the pump slightly. Bra wire!!! How could it get there??? Who knows. Removed. Works great.
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