To replace the band, you must pull the oil pump and front clutch assembly out. This only requires a new pump gasket. Once the new band is adjusted, it rarely needs to be readjusted later.
I foresee more problems ahead. When you stick the front clutch back in, all the teeth on three or four fiber discs must line up with the rear clutch splines. If you are very careful with removal, reinstallation will be fairly easy, but normally you have to shake and wiggle the front clutch to align the plates one at a time as the clutch drops into place. If the last plate or two don't line up, they will prevent the oil pump from seating properly too. When you tighten the bolts you will destroy the clutch plates. If the metal link between the band and adjusting screw drops down into the housing, you will be removing the front, rear, and over-running clutches to chase it.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 AT 12:05 PM