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Unread 04-16-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Cant remove bolts holding the transmission to the skid plate

I tried removing my skid plate to sand and paint it since its all rusty.

I read about how the transmission is bolted to it and all that. So I supported the transmission with a jack and tried to remove the bolts but they wont move.

Any ideas?

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Unread 04-16-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Penetrating oil and eat some Wheaties? Do you mean the frame bolts or the trans mount nuts?

If you mean frame ones, I'd say try an impact or just push harder.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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Are you talking about the 4 smaller nuts that are kind of in the middle of the skid that are for the transmission mount? Regardless, I guess it really does not matter which bolts your talking about. Sounds like they are rusted so I would try some PB Plaster on them. Soak them a couple of time and let it sit over night. There is nothing special about any of the the 6 bolts or 4 nuts that hold the transfer case skid in.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 06:46 PM   #4
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Spray em, let them sit overnight, spray them again, heat with torch, remove.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 08:15 PM   #5
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Are you talking about the 4 smaller nuts that are kind of in the middle of the skid that are for the transmission mount? Regardless, I guess it really does not matter which bolts your talking about. Sounds like they are rusted so I would try some PB Plaster on them. Soak them a couple of time and let it sit over night. There is nothing special about any of the the 6 bolts or 4 nuts that hold the transfer case skid in.
I'm talking about the 4 smaller ones in the middle. Tried removing them and they wouldn't budge. And after trying to remove the bolts on my side steps and snapping one of the heads off I didn't want to try too hard..
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Unread 04-16-2013, 10:53 PM   #6
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Well, if they are that rusted and you end up breaking them, you would simply have to replace the transmission mount.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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Yup. That and it's already broken :-P I see you live in MA.. Call Crown Automotive (in Canton and Marshfield) They have them in stock, and cheaper than the parts stores. Not to mention a lot of the aftermarket crap doesn't like to fit perfect all the time.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #8
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Had the same problem with my 2006 LJ. Broke 3 of the 4 studs for the tranmission mount when I was installing a new exhaust. Glad I did, because my trans mount looked rusted and worn out. Found a new one at a local parts store. Pretty easy replacement.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #9
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I would make sure you can remove the skid plate bolts first. If you snap a mount stud and have to change the mount it's going to be worse wrestling with the rivnuts as well. If all you want to do is paint the skid you could just mask everything real well and spray paint it on the Jeep.
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