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Old 10-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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Quick Transimission Help Needed

Ok, so I got bold today and took the skid plate off the bottom of my TJ today (under the transmission) to help diagnose a leak. Then, there was this small plate bolted to the transmission that also connected to the skid plate and I decided it was a good idea to remove that. Little did I know (stupid) that it supported the transmission, which started to drop as I took the plate off. Yikes. So I got a jack under it, pushed it back up, rebolted the small plate. Now, the shifter is not pushed up all the way. Did the skid plate also serve as a support for the transmission and do I need it back on to drive.?

Please help, need to fix soon.

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Old 10-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Yes! That plate is a transmission mount that bolts to the skid plate you removed. You definitely need that mounted to drive!

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Old 10-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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Ok, I have the mount reinstalled but have not put the skid plate back on and the shifter is still low. Does the skid plate have to be reinstalled before it is safe. I did take a short test drive and the shifter was wobbling a bit which makes me think the skid plate was also providing a good deal of support to the transmission, is this correct?
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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Ok, did some more research and realize that I really need to get that skid plate back on ASAP as that supports the tranny/transfer case. Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #5
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Yes, do NOT drive the Jeep without the skid plate installed - not even a short test drive. When removing the skid plate, the proper practice would be to support the trans/t-case with a jackstand on the bell-housing of the trans. Then you can safely remove the skid plate and add another jack stand on the transmission mount you found.

Without your skid, the entire weight of the trans/t-case is resting on six bolts that hold the trans to the motor. If you drive it like that, your driveshaft angles will likely be horrible causing possible damage to the t-case/shaft/diff - not to mention what a small bump could do to the six bolts holding everything together.

Check out this writeup for changing trans and t-case fluids. In order to change the t-case fluid properly, you need to drop the skid, so it covers all the steps there.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:11 PM   #6
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Ok thanks, I have put the jeep up for now, will get it reinstalled tomorrow. Thanks for the help. Looks like it time to invest in a jack and stands.

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