How to Remove a Transmission on a Camaroby Jeffrey Caldwell
The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in 1967 to compete with Ford's popular Mustang. The Camaro was in continuous production from 1967 to 2002 when it was discontinued. In 2010, a totally new Camaro was introduced by Chevrolet. Unfortunately, as of October 2009, service information on the 2010 Camaro is not yet available for the home mechanic. Since these vehicles will still be covered under the factory warranty, and any attempt by the owner to remove the transmission may void that warranty, service to transmissions in these vehicles should be done by a certified General Motors dealer. The information in this article will pertain to older model (1967 to 2002) Camaros.
Disconnect the Driveshaft
Raise the vehicle and support the vehicle with jack stands, according to instructions listed in the owner's manual.
Locate the driveshaft and the rear axle flange. The driveshaft is the long steel tube that extends from the rear of the transmission to the rear axle. The flange will be the steel portion of the rear axle that is bolted to the driveshaft. Paint a reference line at the rear of the driveshaft and on the flange on the rear axle. You will be removing the driveshaft, and it must be installed in the same relative position.
Disconnect the U-joint by removing the U-bolts or straps that connect it to the rear axle drive yoke.
Lower the driveshaft so it can slide underneath the rear axle. Slide the driveshaft backward and disengage it from the transmission.
Disconnecting the Transmission
Remove the trim plate and the shifter boot, located in center console surrounding the shift lever. These parts are usually retained by screws on older models which can be removed to remove the trim plate and shifter boot. New models utilize hidden clips that can be disengaged by gently prying the trim plate away from the center console.
Disconnect the speedometer cable from the rear of the transmission. It will be connected to the transmission tailhousing just below the shifter.
Disconnect the backup light from the transmission by disconnecting the long steel rod that extends from the drivers side of the transmission to the backup drive linkage mounted between the transmission and the vehicle's frame.
Remove the bolts that connect the transmission crossmember to the frame. The crossmember is the steel beam bolted to both sides of the frame and the transmission tailhousing.
Remove the bolts that connect the transmission tailhousing to the transmission crossmember. Remove the crossmember from the vehicle.
Removing the Transmission
Disconnect the shift rods from the side of the transmission by removing the retaining pins. They will be the steel rods extending from the shifter that connect to the levers on the drivers side of the transmission.
Remove the bolt that connects the shifter to the transmission tailhousing. Remove the shifter from the vehicle with the shift rods attached.
Support the transmission with a transmission jack placed underneath it. Raise the jack enough to take the weight of the transmission off the engine.
Remove the four transmission to bellhousing bolts. The bolt heads will be located on flanges extending from the front of the transmission.
Slide the transmission rearward to disengage the input shaft from the bell housing.
Lower the transmission jack and remove the transmission from the vehicle.
- Use tape to secure the bearing caps to the U-joints. This will keep the needle bearings from falling out. Specialty tools such as transmission jacks can often be borrowed from automotive parts suppliers at little or no cost.
- Follow the instructions listed in the owner's manual when lifting and lowering a vehicle. Failing to do so can cause injury or death. Use a dedicated transmission jack when removing a transmission from a vehicle. Failing to do so could cause injury. Removing a transmission from any vehicle requires a certain level of automotive skill and knowledge. If you do not possess these skills, it's best to leave this job to a professional.
Items you will need
- Floor jack
- Transmission jack
- Jack stands
- Wrench set
- Socket set
- Flat-blade screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- Needle-nose pliers
- Chilton's General Motors Camaro 1967-1981 Repair Manual; Chilton Book Company; 1997
- Haynes Chevrolet Camaro 1970 thru 1981 Automotive Repair Manual; Scott Mauck and John H. Haynes; 1983