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Hey guys. I'm going to be dropping my transmission this weekend to deal with my flex plate issue. I looking for tips of the trade for doing this from people who have done it. I have read through the procedure in the manual. I was just thinking that people might have figured out some things after having done it a few times to make it a more efficient process, as we don't have an excess of time. Any special tools, or parts that tend to break that are good to have on hand, that kind of thing.
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Hey guys. I'm going to be dropping my transmission this weekend to deal with my flex plate issue. I looking for tips of the trade for doing this from people who have done it. I have read through the procedure in the manual. I was just thinking that people might have figured out some things after having done it a few times to make it a more efficient process, as we don't have an excess of time. Any special tools, or parts that tend to break that are good to have on hand, that kind of thing.

Your going to cuss alot and it will probably take you most of the weekend if not some of next as well....

A transmission jack is a must unless you enjoy the pain of dropping heavy things on body parts and breaking them.

Ok sir, here is how its done....


1) Take out the (3) engine to transmission bracket bolt's (5/8)
2) Remove the (4) bell housing bolts facing the back (9/16)
3) Remove the (2) inspection plate bolts.. (can't recall size but its metric)
4) Remove Oil Filter
5) Remove the (2) bolts facing towards the front about 1/2 way (5/8)
6) with a pry bar carefully wedge the transmission back a little. Inspection plate should then drop out.

Note: on mine i had a stud that comes out of the transmission that it used to bolt the bottom of the starter. i had to use a pair of tin snips to cut a bit of the place to allow it to clear that stud....

and wait till you get to removing the converter bolts off the flex plate!


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i have found an EXTERNAL fluid filter. it goes in the fluid in line. the fluid in line is the fitting on the left rear of trany, i think, but double check. if you add and hard lines they must be steel brake lines, if you need hose be sure it is high pressure hose. your chrysler should have a 3/8 in steel tube. i think this filter will reduce the number of time you have to go into the filter inside the pan.

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after you clean the trans. add this to your*chrysler*trans. an external fluid filter
1. go to auto-zone. get 2210, its called a power steering filter, but it is for transs to. it is for 3/8 tubing. by (magna-fine) be sure to use high pressure hose. Reff:http://www.magnafilter.com
2. for other sizes wix 58964 5/16 tube size
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It's been a while since I had mine off, but I believe you'll have to take off part of the transfer case shifter linkage too. Make sure you have line wrenches for the cooler lines and a big socket to go on the crankshaft pulley to turn the engine so you can get all of the bolts on the flex plate.
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Yeah we have a tranny jack. Did you have to move the exhaust on yours? I have already taken that cover off several times trying to figure out some things. I cut it so the top part above the starter can stay put and the bottom half can come out. What's the deal with the converter bolts?
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I'm pretty sure I ended up removing part of the exhaust.
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How did you get the top bellhousing bolt off? We can hardly even see it much less get to it
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I believe I used a 14mm ratcheting box wrench and reached down from the engine bay to it.
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How did you get the top bellhousing bolt off? We can hardly even see it much less get to it

Take the plastic inserts out of the fenders they will be right there... also have perfect access to the crankshaft sensor from the right side
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Wow. I wish I would have known that it would have simplified things quite a bit. We got it all done though, what a relief
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Wow. I wish I would have known that it would have simplified things quite a bit. We got it all done though, what a relief

Don't feel bad, i didnt notice it till after the trans was out and i was looking around either. I made the re-installation so much easier tho
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Oh, that would be a pain doing it without removing the wheel well liners. The first time I removed the transmission to replace a freeze plug I followed my FSM, and I think it mentioned removing them.
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Yeah mine definitely didn't. It was also missing a dowel pin when we took it out, so it only had one. The logical choice was to find an old socket that matched the size of the dowel pin and use that, which is exactly what we did lol
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Well you solve one problem and cause another. My 4wd is being a little finicky and not wanting to come out of four wheel lock. What is the "proper" shift procedure for the full time t case?
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Well you solve one problem and cause another. My 4wd is being a little finicky and not wanting to come out of four wheel lock. What is the "proper" shift procedure for the full time t case?

You have to drive backwards turning the wheel back and forth...

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I'll try it. I don't seem to remember having a problem with it before though it always seemed to shift really well
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Which case do you have? If its in your sig I apologize I can't see it on my phone. What is the difference between the 242 and 242hd cases?
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I believe he has the 242HD.
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From what I read the non-human version has a 2wd option while the hd is full time 4wd
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I'm not absolutely positive, but I'm pretty sure that's not correct.
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