REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
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The transmission and torque converter must be removed as an assembly to avoid component damage. The converter drive plate, pump bushing, or oil seal can be damaged if the converter is left attached to the driveplate during removal. Be sure to remove the transmission and converter as an assembly.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle securely on jackstands.
- Remove engine-to-transmission struts.
- Remove starter motor and cooler line bracket.
The crankshaft position sensor can be damaged if the transmission is removed (or installed) with the sensor still bolted to the engine block. To avoid damage, remove the sensor before removing the transmission.
- Disconnect and remove the crankshaft position sensor. Retain the sensor attaching bolts.
- Remove the torque converter access cover.
- Remove the transmission oil pan and drain the fluid. Temporarily install the pan after the fluid has drained.
- Remove transmission fluid fill tube. Discard fill tube O-ring it should not be reused.
- Mark the torque converter and drive plate for assembly alignment. Use a scriber or paint for this purpose.
- Rotate the crankshaft in a clockwise direction until the converter bolts are accessible. Then, remove the bolts one at a time. Rotate the crankshaft with a socket wrench on the damper bolt.
- Matchmark propeller shaft and axle yokes for assembly alignment. Then, disconnect and remove the propeller shaft.
- Disconnect wires from the park/neutral position switch, transmission solenoid, and vehicle speed sensor.
- Disconnect gearshift cable from transmission shift lever.
- Disconnect throttle valve cable from transmission throttle lever.
- Disconnect overdrive connector wires from the plug on the driver's side of the transmission.
- Remove transmission wire harnesses from clips on transmission. Also, disconnect the oxygen sensor wire if necessary.
- Support the rear of the engine using jackstands.
- Raise transmission slightly with floor jack to relieve load on supports.
- Remove bolts securing transmission mount to crossmember and crossmember to frame and crossmember.
- Remove engine oil filter.
- Remove all converter housing bolts.
- Disconnect fluid cooler lines at transmission.
Do not dip the front of transmission downward during removal process, since the torque converter can fall out, causing damage or injury.