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Old 09-23-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Exclamation Big problem! Please help!

Ok i just took off my tc skid plate for the first time since owning my 97 tj and the transmission and transfer case dropped too and are just hanging there by the drive shafts. This isnt supposed to happen, correct? Whats the problem with this?

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Old 09-23-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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That skid plate is what supports the trans and transfer case. You need to jack them back up and support them with a jack stand so you can get the skid back on.

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Old 09-23-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Haha yeah, the skidplate is what holds them on. Just jack the transmission and tc back up and put the skid plate under. Its probably not good for it to be hanging, you might have some problems with your TC linkage if it was bent or forced out of alignment
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The engine/transmission/transfer case is bolted together as one long rigid assembly. The front of that assembly is supported by a pair of motor mounts, the rear of it is supported by the transmission mount that is bolted to to the tc skidplate. It's always a good idea to support the rear of it via a jack under the transmission before removing the tc skidplate.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #5
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Ok thanks for the help guys. Luckily i left one bolt of the tc skid in a little bit while removing the others and when the skid dropped it was held on by that bolt so all i had to do was put a floor jack in the middle of the skid and bolt it back up. I dont think any damage would have been caused. For future reference how would i support the tc and transmission before dropping the skid so that i can clean under there?
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:52 PM   #6
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Ok thanks for the help guys. Luckily i left one bolt of the tc skid in a little bit while removing the others and when the skid dropped it was held on by that bolt so all i had to do was put a floor jack in the middle of the skid and bolt it back up. I dont think any damage would have been caused. For future reference how would i support the tc and transmission before dropping the skid so that i can clean under there?
Put a jack under the transmission as Jerry suggested
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:54 PM   #7
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Sorry read the last sentence after i posted Jerry, thanks for the help guys
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Make sure too to remove the four nuts in the center of the tc skidplate before dropping it. Those four nuts secure the transmission mount to the skidplate and if you don't remove the nuts, you'll very likely have a busted transmission mount when the tc skidplate drops.

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