Tried getting a better look at where my transfer case leak was coming from and thought it'd be a good idea to remove the skid plate for a better view, well, I removed all the bolts attaching it except for one on the right passenger side and the whole thing came down. I didn't know the transfer skid was holding the whole thing up...anyway, the transfer case/tranny came down on the skid plate with the one bolt holding it up and the skid plate got bent.
Now the holes don't match up when I'm putting it back on by about a few centimeters, should I just bend it back into shape? And if so, how would you guys do it? Is bending it back and forth a little bit going to weaken the metal much? Looking forward to any help guys, thanks.
01 WJ, 4" lift, Front Adj lower and upper,4.0, D30,D44a
86 CJ7 Laredo, 258, T5 D30 AMC20, 2.5" lift
Did you disconnect the rest of the mounts? Jack up the tranny and put a jackstand under it. Bend the bent bolt tab back into place. It is going to be a PITA to reattach the skid plate, so be advised! While it is down make sure you didn't damage the torque arm, and you MAW inspect the tranny mount (the rubber bushing bolting the tranny to the skidplate). Glad you didn't get hurt!!
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The skid plate is the transmission/transfer case mount. Bet that came as a nasty surprise! Don't feel bad, you didn't get hurt (my brother almost lost two fingers just by dropping a starter - imagine what a transfer case could do).
Hold the transmission up with a jack and remove the skid plate. Now would be a good time to replace the mount and the torque arm. They're cheap, anyway. Beat the skid plate back into shape with a BFH, and it'll be fine.
Might want to check to see if the fan gouged the radiator when everything came down.
The skid plate is the transmission/transfer case mount. Bet that came as a nasty surprise! Don't feel bad, you didn't get hurt (my brother almost lost two fingers just by dropping a starter - imagine what a transfer case could do)...
no matter how many times ive pulled the starter on mine, i always bang my fingers between the frame/spring hanger and the starter. hurts like hell.
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