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Is it possible to remove the engine without removing the transmission in a situation with an automatic tranny.
Today we had teh engine crane out and were wrestling with the engine for hours, managed to seperate the engine about 1.5 inches from the tranny but after that its not going anywhere.
I have removed everything connected to the engine in an effort to free up some space.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
 

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It should be, did you remember to unbolt the torque converter from the flywheel? The torque converter is the only thing that occupies the space between the engine and the transaxle. the torque converter sits on the transmission input shaft so if its still bolted to the flywheel it isn't going to clear the input shaft.
 

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hmm i did not unbolt the torque convertor, but with the transmission still in the car how do you go about doing this?
 

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There is usually a little access area, like a small opening that will allow you to see the flywheel at the bottom of the engine where the transmission and engine meet, there are 2 bolts that hold the splash plate on. Once this is removed you will see the flywheel. on the front of the engine (where the main crankshaft pully is) you need to turn the engine with a socket and breaker bar manually by hand clockwise until the crankshaft turns, which will also turn the flywheel, until at the flywheel to see a bolt that holds the torque converter to the flywheel. There are 6 bolts in total holding the torque converter to the flywheel (also called flexplate or drive plate). so you have to turn the crankshaft by hand to get access to all the bolts. Once all 6 bolts are removed, you simply push the torque converter into the transmission housing so that it rest on the transmission input shaft then proceed to remove the transmission. Becareful that the torque converter doesn't move too much or fall out when you are removing the transmission. You can carefully take out the torque converter once you have enough room to get it to clear the bell housing. the torque converter is VERY HEAVY, BECAREFUL, and its filled with ATX fluid.

Remember to never use the old torque converter from a bad transmissions with another replacement transmission, use the torque converter that came with the replacement, don't mismatch unless the converter is Brand New.
 
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