How To: Remove Transmission

This is a “how to” with some pictures that may assist in taking out our manual tranmissions. If your doing the removal yourself like I did you should alot 4 plus hours for your first time just to remove the tranny. It now takes me about an hour and half to drop my MT and the same to put it back. Its more prep time and making sure you don’t forget to undo something that may hang up the tranny when lowering it.

List of tools:

  • 30 mm 12 point socket to remove the drive shaft nut (Ace Hardware)
  • 14 mm 6 point socket to remove most bolts on tranny, engine mounts
  • 17 mm 6 point socket to remove the two top tranny bolts and control arms
  • 12 mm 6 point socket to remove battery tray, top engine mount bracket, ground wire to tranny
  • 10mm 6 point socket to remove neg on battery etc
  • 22 or 24mm 6 point to remove oil drain plug
  • Different length
  • extenders for sockets and universal joints for some angles to get socket on the bolts
  • 1 Large flat head screw driver or small “pry bar” to pop off driver side axle
  • 1 Jack two is better
  • 3 Jack stands, two to hold up car one for engine when tranny is out (or jack to hold engine up)
  • Braker bar ( most tranny bolts are on with 50 ft lbs or less) not to bad
  • *2 cargo straps one with ratcheting ( time saver and makes removing / installing the tranny SO MUCH EASIER)
  • Dremmel or small hack saw to cut out small piece of the front engine mount to access the clutch release cylinder (so you don’t have to disconnect and bleed the clutch system)
  • 1 Step stool
  • 1 funnel
  • 1 roll of paper towels

Now for the fun.

While the car is on the ground loosen the 30mm bolt holding the axle shaft. Make sure you bend up the locking tab on the nut I used a hole punch then a screw driver.








Remove the rear crossbrace (14mm) then battery and air box all the way up to the intake.








Remove the battery tray assembly 12mm

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5 Responses

  1. PHIL says:

    How much trans oil should go in – itll it spills?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I believe its 2 quarts but really 1.8 with LSD.

  3. Brayan says:

    I found this very helpful. thank you for the detailed pics!

  4. Chase says:

    This is being a tremendous help to me right now – thanks very much for taking the time to write this up and taking the photos.

  5. Allan says:

    Is there a pilot bearing or bushing on the input shaft
    Do you or can you turn the input shaft to line up the