How to Remove a Manual Transmission

by Katebo
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Removing a manual transmission from your vehicle is not as difficult as it may seem at first and well worth doing the job yourself. In the beginning, all transmissions were manual. Now transmissions can be manual or automatic; regardless, their function is to take the power that the engine creates to move the car forward or backward. The transmission transfers the power via the drive shaft. The internal components of the transmission allow for different levels of torque to be applied, dependent upon on the speed the vehicle is traveling. This project will take approximately 90 minutes with the proper tools.

Step 1

Elevate the front of the vehicle using the floor jack and support the vehicle with two jack stands. Make sure the vehicle is stable.

Step 2

Disengage all electrical components connected to the transmission. Indicate by marking the position of the drive shaft for its reinstallation. From the output shaft, remove the rear U joint. Jam the cloth to keep the liquid from dripping out of the extension housing.

Step 3

Loosen the shift linkages and the speedometer cable from the transmission manually. Place the transmission jack under the transmission, and then take a socket wrench and remove the support nut, the cross-member, and the rear support insulator from the rear engine. Support the engine with a jack stand and use the transmission jack to withdraw the transmission toward the rear of the vehicle.

Step 4

Remove the transmission from the transmission jack.

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