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Old 01-30-2010, 11:23 PM   #1
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what's holding the tranny up??

can i unbolt the plate looking thing under the transmission without the tranny falling out??? there is a ton of shit collected on it, mud, trans fluid, snow, ice, etc and i want to clean it all off and maybe paint it to match other parts of the jeep, but i don't want to get crushed by the transmission thanks for your help

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Old 01-30-2010, 11:26 PM   #2
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If you're talking about the skid plate (goes across both both frame rails with 3 bolts in each rail) then you need to support the transmission with a jack prior to unbolting the skid from the frame as that is in fact the only thing holding the tail of your transmission/t-case up.

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Old 01-30-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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If you remove the skid plate without supporting the transmission and t-case, the only think holding it up is the engine's motor mounts. Not a good thing because they will tear.
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so if i stick a jack stand under the rear of the trans i should be safe to unbolt the skid plate? anywhere in particular i should set the jack stand
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:29 PM   #5
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yea, Fguy is right. I put a jack stond unter the rear drive shaft last time I took my skid plate down to drain the TCase fluid. Also, be careful unbolting the skid plate. it weighs a good amount.
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:24 AM   #6
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Remove the four small nuts in the center of the skidplate before you remove the bolts that hold the skidplate to the frame. Those four nuts secure the transmission mount to the skidplate & trying to drop the skidplate with those nuts in place could tear the transmission mount in half.

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