Ok so while i was under the jeep last night I noticed 2 nuts that looked like they were bolted to the tranny on my skid plate had completely rusted through. So I think my tranny it just resting on my skid plate? What's the dangers of this and would it be ok to drive for a day or two until my dad can get it in the shop? Or how easy is it to change out a skid plate yourself? Please help guys.
very easy. put jack stand under trans, take out the two bolts middle of skid, one nut for t-case support nest to tranny bolts, put floor jack under skid, remove 6 bolts. lower skid and good time to change tranny mount, and skid if its rusted out.
I took mine off yesterday in order to gain access to the front driveshaft. It's relatively simple but it's best to use your Jeep's jack. Before you start you should already have bought your tranny mount because I don't see how you can safely drive your vehicle without the skid plate (more on that later). Another thing to have on hand is Gojo hand cleaner. Mine had 15 years of grease, oil and dirt on the top and bottom and I had a good portion of that on my arms when it was over and done with it. Get some Gunk too. While I had it out I used a scrapper and removed most of grease and dirt and used Gunk and water to remove the rest. It's a lot easier to reinstall it with it being all nice and clean.
My skid plate had a square spot in the middle of the plate that fits the jack perfectly. Place the jack under that spot and jack it until it just applies some pressure. Remove your two tranny mount nuts (5/8). Remove the other nut for the bushing next to the tranny nuts (9/16). You'll need two wrenches to do this one because it will just spin if you don't. Remove the six 3/4" bolts that fasten the skid plate to your frame rails. Now you can jack down the skid plate and remove it. I would not recommend driving the vehicle at all. You'll see what I'm talking about once you lower that jack. The transmission drops several inches and drastically changes the angle of the driveshaft. Your 4WD shifter almost drops through the rubber boot.
Do what you have to do and then reinstalling it is just the reverse.