Re: [DML] Transmission Clearance
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Re: [DML] Transmission Clearance



Pat,

I bought a relatively cheap transmission jack from Harbor Freight
(here: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=39178).
It works great. You will need a tranny jack, don't do this with a
standard floor jack. Spend the $50 to $100 it takes for the proper
equipment.

Clearance - you need to get the car up pretty high. ~2 feet minimum.
The car must be up on both ends and be relatively level, so you can't
just jack the back up and get this job done. Putting a car onto 4 jack
stands is dangerous and most jack stand manufacturers specifically
tell you NOT to do this. So if you do it anyway, be very careful. Go
slow. Use large, overrated jack stands. Leave the jack under there,
too, for extra support. If you take one of the rear tires off that
will give you extra clearance to pull the transmission out from under
the car; throw the tire under the car for yet another added measure of
safety.

I didn't find this to be a terribly difficult job once I got the car
safely up high enough. I'd really rather do this with a lift, though,
and am hoping to buy one before I have to do any other major repairs.
The safety factor alone is worth the price.

BTW, I'm VIN 5447. We're almost brothers. ;-)

-Ryan

On 1/23/06, schab932000 <schab932000@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm going to be replacing my clutch in the offseason... a job I'll
> being doing in my own garage, with the car up on jacks. Can
> anyone give me an idea of how much clearance I'll need from the
> garage floor to the bottom of the car to be able to fully remove the
> transmission. 1 Feet, 2 feet, 3 feet or more? I'm assuming a
> transmission jack is something that scoots on the floor and I'm
> not sure how high that is well, but I'll need to figure that in as
> well.


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