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Old 03-27-2020, 09:37 AM   #1
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6speed tranny swap Engine... tilt dumb question.

Hi all fanatics

Quick question, iīve read from TitaniunCranium member,, *** The Official Automatic --> 6 speed (ZHP Tranny) swap! - LOTS OF PICS , to educate myself in this project as i have found this 6 speed wonderful transmission and i will be doing this swap.

however, i got a small and dumb question. This is related to removing my old auto trannny. In order to achieve this, i will be tilting motor and trans together to have access to top bolts. As said in that thread:

Youíll need to remove the micro-filter and remove the micro-filter housing (held on by Torx screws). I may have also removed the fan housing to maximize the rearward tilt of the motor against the firewall. Take a look when you doing this. You will need every inch of room you can get. Now unbolt the transmission support brace and let the tranny down a little bit. Check your clearance against the back of the motor and the firewall.


my question is, while lifting engine, should i remove the engine mounts top and/or bottom nuts?

I am afraid of damaging engine mounts.

Please share your experience.
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Old 03-27-2020, 10:50 AM   #2
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If the motor mounts are good(?) (test first with a pry bar) tilting the engine back does no harm.

Besides that it holds the engine in place. If you loosen/remove them the engine can rotate and/or slide back. No Bueno.
We always leave them attached. Albeit long extensions and lots of reaching over the top is needed. Make 101% sure your sockets are fully engaged by tapping the extension to seat them onto the fasteners before removing.

When you remove the torque converter bolts (Facing forward) pry the torque converter back and spin it a little. You want to be sure it's not stuck to the flywheel. Otherwise when you remove the automatic transmission the converter will get stuck.
Less room and when the transmission comes free of the torque converter, it will be a huge mess of ATF.
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If the motor mounts are good(?) (test first with a pry bar) tilting the engine back does no harm.



Besides that it holds the engine in place. If you loosen/remove them the engine can rotate and/or slide back. No Bueno.

We always leave them attached. Albeit long extensions and lots of reaching over the top is needed. Make 101% sure your sockets are fully engaged by tapping the extension to seat them onto the fasteners before removing.



When you remove the torque converter bolts (Facing forward) pry the torque converter back and spin it a little. You want to be sure it's not stuck to the flywheel. Otherwise when you remove the automatic transmission the converter will get stuck.

Less room and when the transmission comes free of the torque converter, it will be a huge mess of ATF.


Thanks a lot. This is what i needed. Great tip to make sure the flywheel is not stuck.


It seems you have done this before. Could i bother you during my swap for some advice?
If it is okay with you please send me an email to.
[email protected]

I am at the starting point and although i have done other fixes to my car, never have done a transmission swap.

Thanks a lot


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Thanks a lot. This is what i needed. Great tip to make sure the flywheel is not stuck.

Torque converter, not the flywheel. Flywheel is bolted to the back of the crankshaft.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:50 PM   #5
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Make 101% sure your sockets are fully engaged by tapping the extension to seat them onto the fasteners before removing.
+100 on this...if you strip an e-torx bolt removing the trans, which is easy to do, you are in for a world of hurt, particularly as a first timer.

there are E-10, E-12, & E-14 sized fasteners on the bell-housing. I suggest you get the E-12 & E-14 sockets in both a 3/8 and 1/2 drive size...the E-14 in particular..impact sockets are good, but remove these bolts by hand if possible.

if you are doing this on jack stands, the harbor freight scissors trans lift is a worthwhile purchase at $99 (from memory)
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:29 PM   #6
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Another issue with tranny removal is the torx bolts go through the tranny, through the engine, and have exposed threads. If there's crap on the threads of the bolts, when you remove them, the crap jams up in the block. I've had it happen that the bolt is corroded to the point that it tore the threads in the engine block apart, and then snapped. Not a place you want to be.
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