Tools Needed for Pulling a Transmission

by Frank Jones
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The tools needed for pulling a transmission are found in any mechanics tool set. The job is not very complicated. Simply remove any parts attached to the transmission and some bolts holding it in place. The transmission will come loose very easily. However, you will need to be organized when pulling the transmission if you hope to put it back together without having parts left over when you get done. Also, for this reason it may be a good idea to have a camera handy and take pictures to help you recall how everything goes back together.


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Every mechanics tool set has a variety of wrenches suitable for removing a transmission. You should make sure that your tools include a collection of open-end and box-end wrenches, sockets, drivers, a breaker bar, and a good pair of vise grips to be used as a last resort. Also, keep in mind that any fluids you drain from the vehicle, such as transmission fluid, should be collected in a catch pan. All of these tools are easily found in any hardware store if you don't already have them.

Sandwich Bags

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When pulling a transmission, one of the most important tasks is to keep the parts organized as you remove them. Some mechanics have parts caddies with individual compartments that snap shut to store and organize parts. One of the least expensive options if you don't have one of these parts caddies is to use simple plastic sandwich bags. These can hold a variety of parts sizes and can be tied shut and labeled with a marker. Twist ties also are useful for keeping together specific parts combinations such as matching nuts, bolts, and washers.

Floor Jack

The only other tool you will need is a floor jack. A hydraulic jack is best in this case because of the cramped working area under a vehicle. However, a screw jack could be used if there is no way of obtaining a hydraulic jack. While it is possible to remove the transmission without a jack, it is next to impossible to reinstall it without one. Additionally, you run the risk of damaging the transmission if you attempt to remove it without proper support from a jack. This jack also can be used to lift and block the car prior to removing the transmission.

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