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Tranny mounts.... (archive)

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Posted by Jeff E. on June 26, 2002 at 12:46:32:

In Reply to: Motor and Tranny mount install posted by Kevin on June 26, 2002 at 12:26:32:

put the car on jack stands, remove your exhaust (I actually did it w/out removing exhaust, but it took me 3 times longer than it should have). put a jack under the tranny and jack it up just enough to support it. Don't need to raise the tranny, and you don't need to do anything with the engine while replacing the tranny mounts. Remove the bottom tranny mount nuts, and unbolt the transmission mount cross member (dunno what the cross member is called...it's a metal brace that the mounts bolt to). Remove them. Then you unbolt the tranny mounts from the topside, remove them and discard. Repete this process in the reverse order and you're done. You probably shouldn't completely tighten the new mounts to the tranny brace until the brace is bolted in place, because you'll have to align a bit. I hope I didn't leave any important details out....it's been awhile since I did it. But, it's a pretty straight-forward procedure, and really quite self explanatory once you get under there and take a look. One note of caution...be CAREFUL when unbolting the tranny cross-brace. The way it's set up, is, there are slots in the frame of the car, on each side, and there are bolts protruding through these slots which hold the cross-brace on, (the bolts have squared off heads which rest in the slots) . When you loosen the nuts on these bolts, the bolt head can move up and out of the slots. The threads on the bolts can get really corroded over the years, making it very difficult to get the nuts off. If the bolt head moves up while you're cranking on these nuts, you run the risk of either rounding the bolt head or rounding the slot in which the head rests. You can replace these bolts, so, if you get to a point where you absolutley can't get the nut to budge, you may be better off cutting the bolt off, sliding the remainder out of the slot, and replacing it with a new one, rather than running the risk of rounding the head or the slot. Hopefully all of this will make sense when you take a look at it....sounds a bit confusing I'm sure, but again, you should be able to figure everything out just by looking. HTH.

Jeff


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