How to Remove the Transmission From Carsby Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017
Transmissions are a work of automotive genius. The transmission takes power from the engine and then multiplies this power through a series of gears to make the car go. When you have a four wheel drive vehicle, like a Jeep car the transmission works with a transfer case that splits the power in half to work both the front and rear axles. You need to have some experience with cars in order to be able to remove the transmission from a Jeep car. This is a project that will take some time to do, so allow yourself at least two days in order to fully complete it.
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Raise the front end of the Dodge Intrepid with the jack enough to support it on jack stands. Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery. Place the drain pan under the transmission. Drain the transmission by removing the bolts that are securing the transmission to the engine bolts with the wrench. Let the transmission drain for five minutes.
Remove the driveshaft by taking the four bolts out of the rear yoke with a wrench and pulling the driveshaft from the transmission. Remove the bolts from the starter using a ratchet set and pull the starter away from the Intrepid. Disconnect the transmission shift linkage using a wrench.
Remove the two oil cooler lines on the passenger side using a line wrench. Disconnect all electrical plugs. Remove the torque converter bolts using the ratchet set. Remove the bolts in the transmission mount with the ratchet set.
Place the floor jack under the transmission and raise the transmission so that it is clear of the crossmember. Remove the two bolts from the crossmember that are securing the crossmember to the frame. Pull the crossmember away from the Intrepid.
Lower the transmission to gain access to the side bell-housing bolts. Remove the bolts on this side with the ratchet set. Pull the transmission dipstick tube out of the transmission. the dipstick is held in by one of the bell-housing bolts. Pull the dipstick tube out of the transmission. Pull the transmission away from the Intrepid using the jack.
Items you will need
Lift the front and rear of the Hummer by placing on jack stands. Make sure the stands are firm standing on a flat surface. Use concrete blocks to level out the ground if needed.
Remove the shift linkage from the transmission of the Hummer. Remove the vacuum hoses on the transmission. Slide the U-joint from the rear of the Hummer, sliding it out of the transmission as proceeding to remove it.
Put the transmission jack directly in the center, under the transmission. Lift up on the transmission about 2 inches. Let pressure off the transmission, and it will rise another inch.
Detach the lower bell housing using the socket set. Remove all torque converter bolts and bell housing bolts. Lay aside all bolts for use later on.
Remove the rear transmission mount bolts. Raise the transmission and jack up ½ an inch to remove the cross member. Pull down and lower the transmission slowly. Roll toward the back of the Hummer. Slide the transmission out from under the Hummer.
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Position the vehicle on the lift. Locate the jack points on the vehicle, set the lift legs, then raise the lift just high enough to lift the body of the vehicle about an inch. The wheels still should be firmly planted on the ground. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels, but do not remove them.
Lift the vehicle up enough to slide under it. Slide the drain pan under the transmission pan. Remove the drain pan bolt and allow the transmission fluid to drain. Lower the vehicle. Install the engine hoist.
Disconnect the negative battery cable. Move it aside, ensuring that it does not touch metal. Loosen the clamp on the throttle body air inlet duct, using the screwdriver, then pull the duct off. Remove the engine mount struts, using the appropriate socket.
Unplug the wiring harness connectors on the transmission. Loosen the clamps on the vacuum hose and the pipe on the modulator, then pull the hose and pipe off. Remove the range selector cable from the neutral safety switch, using the screwdriver. Unbolt and remove the neutral safety switch.
Remove the transmission filler tube, using the appropriate socket. Remove the upper transmission bolts and the wiring harness grounds. Remove both front wheels, using the lug wrench. Remove the engine splash shields, using the appropriate socket.
Remove both tie rod ends from the steering knuckles. Count the turns as you take them off. If you don't put them on with the same number of turns you count as you take them off, you will need to have the vehicle aligned.
Remove the power steering gear from the frame and tie it to the body of the vehicle, using safety wire or a metal coat hanger. Remove the power steering cooler line clamps, using the screwdriver. Remove the engine mount lower nuts, using the appropriate wrench. Remove the lower ball joints, using the ball joint remover tool.
Remove the torque converter cover, using the appropriate socket. Remove the wiring from the starter. Thread the nuts back onto the studs so you don't lose them. Unbolt and remove the starter. Remove the torque converter bolts.
Slide the drain pan under the oil cooler hoses at the transmission. Remove the hoses, using a line wrench. Plug the ends of the lines to keep them from becoming contaminated. Remove the CV axles at the transmission, and tie them to the steering knuckles and struts using safety wire or a wire coat hanger.
Unplug the wheel speed sensor and vehicle speed sensor connectors. Position the four jack stands under the vehicle at the corners of the frame. Lower the vehicle so that the frame is sitting on top of the floor jacks. Remove the transmission brace, using the appropriate socket. Remove the frame-to-body bolts. Lift the vehicle up off the frame and transmission. Unbolt and remove the transmission from the frame.
Items you will need
Set of wrenches
Set of sockets
Safety wire or wire coat hanger
Set of line wrenches
Ball joint remover tool
4 heavy-duty jack stands
Chock the Jeep's tires and set the parking brake. Remember, putting the vehicle in “Park” only works when there is a transmission in it. With nothing holding the wheels in place, it will be necessary to have the vehicle safely chocked. Bricks, pieces of wood and actual wheel chocks all work well.
Remove the drive shaft. Technically, only one end of the drive shaft needs to be removed, but it is recommended to remove it completely to avoid any problems when the transmission comes out. If your model has a slip-yoke (the drive shaft slides into the transmission as opposed to being locked in), be aware that some or all of the fluid will likely come out with the drive shaft, so having a drain pan handy is a great idea.
Undo the transmission bolts and the shifting linkage. The shifting linkage can be found on the driver's side of the transmission, near the top. Simply unhook it and move it out of the way for removal. Put a transmission jack under the transmission to stabilize it and have your partner steady it with their hands. Then loosen all the bolts around the transmission and be sure you remember the two hard-to-reach ones at the top. Keep the bolts in a pan or other container so they do not get lost.
Remove the transmission. Pulling slightly back on the transmission will disengage it from the engine. Make sure that you and your partner have the transmission balanced well on the jack at this point because, if it starts to fall, it will be very hard to stop. Slowly lower the jack until the transmission can be slid out from under the Cherokee.
Items you will need
Jack up the Jeep and secure it on four jack stands so you have room to get beneath the SUV. Remove the exhaust and the skid plate from the underneath it with the socket wrench set.
Use an open-ended wrench to disengage the rear driveline from the transmission. Repeat this process with the front driveline. Detach all wiring from the transmission. Remove the transfer case and linkage from the back of the transmission using the socket wrench by unbolting it and pulling it off the transmission.
Position the transmission jack beneath the transmission and jack it up until it touches the bottom of the transmission pan. Loop the chains on the jack around the transmission. Bolt the opposite end of the chain to the jack with the open-end wrench. Confirm that the transmission is secure.
Use the socket wrench to remove the transmission crossmember and rear transmission mount from the frame. Pull the crossmember away from the frame so that you can remove the transmission from beneath the vehicle without obstruction.
Use the socket and ratchet to unbolt the transmission from the engine. Unfasten the clutch brace rod before lowering the transmission away from the motor with the jack.
Items you will need
Socket wrench set
Open-end wrench set
Removing the Starter and Transmission Fill Tube
Pull your car into the garage and lift the hood. Disconnect the negative battery cable (black cable). You can do this by loosening the nut that holds the clamp tight, and pulling the cable free from the battery.
Lift the vehicle with the floor jack and support the jeep with jack stands. When the car is completely secured you can remove the jack.
Remove the screws that are holding the upper transmission fill tube bracket. You can then take off the fill tube.
Remove the torque housing converter cover. The cover is held on by bolts so you need to find the right ratchet and socket to fit the bolts. Remove the bolts and lift off the cover.
Label all the wires that are connected to the starter. Use a small piece of duct tape and the permanent marker. Once the wires are labeled remove them from the starter. Remove the bolts that hold the starter to the engine block. Take the starter out of the jeep.
Remove the Driveshaft
Take you white chalk and mark the position of the driveshaft at the transfer case and front and rear axle pinion yokes. The reason that you have to mark the driveshaft is that it has to be reinstalled the same way so that there are no vibrations when you're driving.
Disconnect the U-bolts that are holding the U-joints to the front and rear axle pinion yokes.
Slide the rear driveshaft underneath the rear axle to remove it from the transfer case. Then remove it from the vehicle.
Remove the front driveshaft by sliding it forward underneath the front axle to remove it from the transfer case, and then remove it from the jeep.
Removing the Throttle and the Shifter Connections
Remove all the screws and nuts that secure the center console to the body hub. Once the the bolts and screws are removed you can remove the center console from the vehicle.
Remove the the cables that connect the shifter to the transmission. When you have removed the shifter cables you can remove the shifter assembly.
Put a waste pan underneath the transmission and remove the plug so you can drain the transmission fluid. Keep the pan underneath the drain plug until you're sure that it's completely drained.
Find the correct size ratchet and socket and remove the bolt that connects the throttle rod to the carburetor. Turn the throttle rod until it comes loose from the throttle valve lever. When the throttle rod is loose you can remove the throttle rod from the vehicle.
Take off the spring that is attached to the throttle valve lever.
Take the electrical connector off of the neutral safety switch. Then unscrew the electrical connector from the transmission.
The Final Steps of Removing the Transmission
Take your chalk and mark the position of the torque converter and engine flexplate. The reason for marking this is because you have to put the torque converter back in the exact same position.
Remove the flexplate and the torque converter bolts. Remove theses bolts and then you can take off the flexplate.
Put a transmission jack under the transmission and make sure that the jack is secure. Secure the transmission on to the transmission jack with a length of chain and bolt it to the jack.
Get the proper ratchet and socket and remove the bolts that attach the transmission crossmember to the transmission. Remove the crossmember.
Disconnect the transmission cooler lines from the transmission. You need to plug the ends of the lines with old rags to keep from getting dirt or water in the lines.
Get a ratchet and socket that fits on the bolts that connect the transmission to the engine. Remove these bolts.
Remove the transmission and transfer case as one whole piece. Slide the transmission straight back until it comes out of the flexplate and crankshaft. Now you can lower the the transmission jack and remove the transmission from underneath the car.
Items you will need
Waste oil pans
Safety chain and bolts
Needle nose pliers
Flat head screwdriver
Disconnect both battery cables and remove the battery from the engine bay. Shift the transmission into neutral.
Remove or disconnect the following: air intake hose, air cleaner housing, resonator assembly, battery base and base stay, throttle cable from the throttle control lever, transaxle ground cable, speed sensor connectors, solenoid valve connectors, lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve connectors, transaxle cooler hoses, starter cables and starter, countershaft speed sensor (CSS) and vehicle speed sensor (VSS) connectors.
Support the engine using an engine hoist. Remove the four upper bolts attaching the transaxle to the engine block. Remove the three bolts attaching the front engine mount bracket to the engine. Remove the transaxle mount.
Raise the front of the vehicle using a floor jack and jack stands. Remove the front wheels. Drain the transaxle fluid and reinstall the drain plug with a new washer.
Remove the following: splash shield, subframe center beam, cotter pins and lower control arm ball joint nuts. Separate the ball joints from the lower arms using a separator fork. Remove the right damper pinch bolt, then separate the damper fork and damper. Remove the right radius rod.
Remove the right and left half shafts from the differential. Remove the following: intermediate shaft, shift control cable, shift cable lever and eight drive plate bolts.
Support the transaxle using a floor jack and remove the following: intake manifold bracket, transaxle housing mounting bolts, mounting bolts from the rear engine mount bracket, four transaxle housing mounting bolts and three mount bracket nuts. Pull the transaxle away from the engine until it clears the 14-mm dowel pins, then lower it using the jack.
Items you will need
Complete set of U.S. and metric wrenches and sockets
Standard and Phillips screwdrivers
Ball joint separator fork
Disconnect the negative battery cable and then the positive.
Remove the gear-selector knob, along with the console box, insulator plate, shift boot, and transfer-case shift lever.
Raise the vehicle and properly support it with vehicle stands, ramps or both.
Drain the transmission fluid into a container. Avoid spilling the fluid on the ground or into any nearby drains. Take the old transmission fluid to a local auto parts store or repair shop for disposal.
Remove the undercover. The undercover is not equipped on all models. Mark the front and rear drive shafts to help you when you start re-assembling. Remove the drive shafts.
Install a plug in the rear of the transmission to prevent any remaining transmission fluid from leaking.
Disconnect the speedometer and shifter cables from the transmission. Separate the vacuum hose from the transmission.
Detach the crossmembers or front transmission supports from the torque converter housing. This is also called the bell housing due to its shape. Remove the torque converter bolts and carefully lay them aside. You will need to re-use them.
Disconnect the kickdown solenoid and the oil cooler lines from the transmission. Remove the starter.
Detach any remaining wiring connections from the transmissions. If you are unfamiliar with the wiring's purpose, wrap masking tape around the wiring and make placement notes to make reinstalling the transmission easier.
Support the transmission with a jack. If possible, rent or purchase a transmission jack. Detach the rear transmission crossmember and transmission-to-engine bolts. Lay them aside. Lower the transmission from the vehicle and pull it away.
Roll the new transmission under the vehicle and raise it into place. Make sure the torque converter is properly seated before installing the transmission. The distance between the engine mating surface and the converter face is 1.42 inches or 36 millimeters on the all-wheel-drive vehicles. On the 1986 trucks, the correct distance is 2.13 inches or 54 mm. The torque converter bolts tighten to 25 foot pounds.
Replace the transmission-to-engine bolts and re-attach the rear transmission crossmember. Tighten the transmission to engine bolt to 27 foot pounds. Adjust each of the transmission center support and transmission mount bolts to 23 foot pounds.
Re-attach all the wiring to the transmission, as well as the starter, kickdown solenoid, oil cooler lines, front crossmembers, torque converter bolts, vacuum hose, and the speedometer and shifter cables. Tighten the starter bolt to 27 foot pounds.
Adjust the shifter linkage until it is properly working.
Add 8 quarts of new transmission fluid and check for external leaks.
Items you will need
Vehicle stands, ramps or both
Lift the front and rear of your Safari with the jack and place it on jack stands.
Remove the shift linkage bolts and throttle kick-down bolts from the transmission using the ratchet set. Remove the vacuum hoses on the transmission. Remove the speedometer cable as well.
Slide the U-joint out of the transmission. Place the transmission jack under the transmission and lift the transmission slightly.
Disconnect the lower bell housing, torque converter, and bell housing bolts using the ratchet set. Remove the rear transmission mount and cross member bolts using the ratchet set. Lift the transmission using the jack to remove the cross member.
Lower the transmission while rolling it away from the frame.
Items you will need
Remove the battery, air filter and air filter housing from the vehicle.
Find and disconnect the throttle cable at the side of the intake plenum on the top of the engine. The aluminum plenum is silver. Remove the cruise control actuator cover and disconnect the actuator.
Remove the ground straps and the starter.
Find and disconnect the two speed sensors on the transmission. Unhook the neutral safety switch.
Disengage the solenoid connection and the shift cable. Both are on the same bracket.
Disconnect the coolant lines from the transmission. You can easily trace these as they run to the radiator.
Remove the front transaxle, both engine side bolts and the shift control bolts on the front of the frame. Remove the starter wire on the front of the frame.
Unscrew the exhaust manifold mounting bolts. Find and remove the five bolts connecting the transmission to the engine.
Raise the car on jacks and support it with the proper jack stand, a solid ramp or both. Remove the front wheels and unbolt the exhaust pipe.
Drain the transmission fluid into a container. Avoid spilling the fluid on the ground or into any nearby drains. Take the old transmission fluid to a local auto-parts store or repair shop for disposal.
Remove the side and lower engine covers. Disconnect and remove the CV axles.
Detach the exhaust and support bracket from the front exhaust pipe and the torque converter cover.
Disconnect the two hoses at the oil cooler. Remove the rear engine mount bolts and the stabilizer bar nuts, brackets and bar.
Unbolt the two steering-gear mounting bolts. Support your steering rack and pinion with mechanic's wire. You can substitute rope if you are unable to find suitable wire.
Raise the engine with an engine hoist to lessen the weight on the mounts. Remove the front inner fender liners.
Remove the six bolts and four nuts from the engine subframe and detach the subframe.
Place a transmission jack under the transmission for support. Unbolt the torque converter and the remaining transmission-to-engine bolts. Lower the transmission from the vehicle and remove the torque converter.
Place a straight edge across the front of the new transmission's torque converter. Measure from the front surface of the torque converter to the straight edge to measure the depth. The proper distance is 13.7 mm. Adjust the torque converter until it is correctly seated.
Install the black torque converter belts and then the rest of the belts.
Reverse steps 1 through to 17 re-install the transmission.
Refill the transmission fluid and check for leaks.
Items you will need
Container for transmission fluid
Raise your Geo Tracker and support it on jack stands. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
Position a clean bucket underneath the transmission and another under the transfer case. Use a wrench to remove the drain bolt on the underside of the transmission and transfer case, and wait for the transmission fluid and gear oil to drain into the buckets.
Remove or disconnect the shift lever boots, gear shift lever, reverse light switch connector, starter motor, front and rear driveshafts, transfer case switch lever, four wheel drive switch connector, clutch slave cylinder or cable and flywheel access cover from the transmission. You also need to remove the speedometer cable and vehicle wheel speed sensor if your vehicle is equipped with them.
Support the transmission with a jack as you use your wrench to disconnect the transmission flange bolts and nuts and the transmission braces. Make sure the transmission is still firmly supported by the jack, then remove the transmission mount and crossmember.
Place the block of wood on edge underneath the rear cylinder head of the engine to support it, roughly between the distributor cap and the bulkhead. Make sure the block of wood supports the engine before you remove the transmission.
Lower the jack slowly to remove the transmission from the Geo Tracker. As you lower it, check to make sure that there are no cables, wires or plugs still connected to it.
Items you will need
Two clean buckets