Originally Posted by CBinDC
I hear what you are saying. I normally would not shy away from doing the work myself but this may be too big a job for me to handle. 1) I don't have a completely level driveway and I'm worried about getting crushed, 2) my 24 yo transmission has never been taken off and the bolts holding it up will be VERY difficult to deal with. I would rather have someone else deal with it. It would be much easier to loosen the bolts if the Jeep is on a lift.
Trying to loosen the bolts on the insulator plate (where the clutch master cylinder line goes in), while the jeep is on jacks, is damn near impossible. I can't get a good angle on them. I've PB blasted and torched the bolts but they ain't moving.
On the subject of tranny lifts, the reviews for the cheaper ones say they are very rickety. Just for peace of mind, I'd rather purchase the more expensive one. Tell me if I'm wrong.
The bolts holding the tranny to the engine are the ones on the bell housing. All you have to do is remove those. Remove shifters, driveshafts and yank it out. The other bolts can then be removed once the tranny is out, this will allow you to have a good angle and get more torque on them.
As for a rickety jack, I did mine with two by fours and jack stands. That was rickety. A cheap jack will work fine, I can lift my tranny off the floor no problems (ax-15). This isn't a difficult job
I am sure in the 24 years that tranny has been off at least once. Unless you bought it new, you have no way or telling. Clutches don't last forever.
Again, this job is not near as bad as it sounds. If you have an air compressor and an impact you are laughing. I did mine without an impact gun. Took me about 8 hours, that was stopping and going to town three times or so, that took about two hours plus a little.
As long as you secure the jeep properly, getting crushed wont happen.
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