Remove the drive shaft - then the transfer case - then the starter -- and then the transmission. The transmission fluid cooler lines must be removed -- it is sometimes better to cut these lines with a tubing cutter and reinstall with compression couplings. The fittings are sometimes better off not disturbed. The bell housing of the tranny bolts to the engine (7 bolts) if I remember correctly. The torque converter bolts to the flywheel with 3 or 4 bolts. You access these bolts where the starter bolts up. You must rotate the engine (by hand) and remove these bolts one at a time. Removal of the spark plugs makes rotating the engine a lot easier. Do not support the transmission by the pan. Use a transmission jack or get a transmission jack adapter for a floor jack to support it. Before you start look the job over carefully -- it is not realy hard to do and pretty straight forward, but take your time and remember where everything goes when you take it off. --- The dip stick tube should be removed too.
December, 29, 2009 AT 2:36 PM
Ok that sounds about like how I was beginning to do it. There are some wires and cables and whatnot that look like they run from the engine or somewhere up there back to the transfer case. When I go to slide it back, are they going to reach? Or do they have to be removed? Because I would like to keep the transfer case and the tranny all in one piece while I do this.
December, 30, 2009 AT 7:48 AM
The wires will not reach, so just unplug them at their respected connectors. Also, do not forget about the shirter linkage on the tranny. Consider this -- the transmission and transfer case are VERY VERY VERY heavy when removed as a unit - probably in the area of 300 to 350 Lbs combined. I do not suggest removing them as a unit - it is not worth the potential for disaster.