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Old 12-14-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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transmission install

i am trying to install the transmission on a 97 wrangler and cannot get it closer than the studs on the engine side and bell housing side. I am thinking about putting bolts in and pulling it on in. Any Ideas?

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Old 12-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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Do you have a lift?

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Old 12-14-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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Jack up the back but not too far- it has to line up perfectly
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Don't try and pull it up with bolts, you stand a good chance of breaking stuff that way. The transmission should be in gear so you can use the output shaft or yoke to turn the input shaft so it engages the clutch plate, then make sure the bell housing and the engine block are both vertically and horizontally on the same plane. I'm assuming you you used an alignment tool on the clutch plate and tightened the pressure plate a little at a time all the way around. Once you get it to within about a 1/2" away you could use a bolt on each side (evenly).
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I just put a 00 tranny in my 97, it was a pain. It took all day. Do it with a tranny jack, or don't do it. If your alone, you absolutely need a tranny jack or your going to want to kill your self.
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check the back of the engine just to make sure the old pilot bearing was removed. Had something like this happen to me many years ago on a '68 mustang. we swapped in an automatic in place of a manual, and somehow forgot to remove the pilot bearing. Just like you're saying, it went right to the studs. We tried drawing it up with bolts, and busted the bell housing. That was an expensive lesson!!
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:42 AM   #7
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Transmission Install

Got it back together yesterday. The problem was the dowel on the passenger side on the transmission would not go through the inspection plate. I used a big screw driver and forced the cover on the dowel and then just slid transmission into place.
It shifts great after new clutch installed.
I do not know what was really wrong with the clutch system. I purchased the Jeep in October and the clutch shifted Ok until the vehicle warmed up. After it warmed up, you would not be able to put in neutral at red light and then put in gear when the light turned green.
I thought the problem was going to be the pilot bearing but after removing the bearing, it was OK. So must have been pressure plate problem. I am not a mechanic so I don't know what was wrong with it. But thank goodness it works. Now it is time to replace some seals.
Thanks for all your support on the forum.

The new LUK clutch was ordered from PARTSGEEK.com for $93 plus shipping. A transmission shop gave me a new gasket for the shifter. The gasket is designed for the ball of the shifter to sit in. The old one was totally worn out.

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