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I did one at 19 with no skills/tools (long) (archive)

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Posted by Bob on April 28, 2000 at 11:27:14:

In Reply to: Difficult to replace a clutch? posted by Moecat on April 28, 2000 at 09:06:10:

Well, actually, I had to replace a manual transmission, but did the clutch at the same time.

It probably took me 15 hours, but again, all I had were two jacks stands and a Chilton's manual. It was a miserable experience for me, but I was forced to do it after work in a parking lot at work with no comforts of home. (I was borrowing tools) It is still doable. You will need someone to help you. Buy him a beer when you are done.

I do remember something in my manual about having to turn the steering wheel one way or the other to make some part or another slide in. Otherwise it wouldn't fit. I thought that was hogwash, I was wrong. There were several things that needed to be done in order, mainly involving the shifter linkage.

It can be done. I would give yourself about 8 hours though to be safe, and to take your time like Paul said.

Oh you might want to examine the driveshaft coupling while you are under there and replace it. (the big black rubber thing that connects the tranny to the DS) I had one break on me at 60 mph on the interstate, throwing my automatic 2002 into reverse at 60 mph on the interstate. It was a mess. I was lucky I didn't flip the car. It is also easier to put on when you buy a new one with the steel band around it, I found.

If you run into trouble there are enough people here to help you out.

74 2002A
75 2002 parts car (my wife hates it)
71 Jeepster Commando (hey, my wife hates this too)

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