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Old 05-31-2009, 02:55 AM
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99 Durango 4x4 crossmember removal ?

Transplanting the drivetrain from a rolled 99 Durango in to my 97 Dakota and today I removed the engine from the durango and am trying to remove the transmission but cannot get the transmission crossmember out. All eight bolts have been removed, transmission unbolted and lifted off the crossmember and I've even jacked up on the crossmember slightly. The crossmember will move slightly but cannot get it to move more than 1/4" in any direction. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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if its coming out of a rolled vehicle, torch the frame out around it, should pop right out then
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Old 05-31-2009, 12:18 PM
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That is my next option but wanted to learn the trick to removing it so when the motor & transmission come out of the dakota, I could put the information to use. The frame of the durango wasn't damaged when rolled just the top of the body. Thanks.
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ahh ok, good luck, im sure someone on here will know the answers
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Finally took time to work on the durango today. I will post this for the sake of others who may be about to remove their transmission. If anyone has an easier way to accomplish the task or if the post needs corrections/additions, please feel free to add your input.

Removing the transmission required removal of the transfer case first including unbolting the shifter assembly and removal of both drive shafts. The transfer case is held in place by six (6) nuts which required a 14mm socket/wrench. The vent tube will need to be disconnected and then you can slide the transfer case back and out of the way.
The transmission needs to be unbolted from the crossmember and motor if not removing with the motor. Disconnect the wiring from the transmission and I removed the exhaust from the muffler forward for more room during transmission removal. The transmission now needs to be jacked up to clear the crossmember. I removed all eight bolts from the crossmember to frame connection and was then able to tap each side of the crossmember toward the back of the truck until it cleared the transmission. The transmission could then be lowered and removed.

My manual didn't spell this procedure out so I hope it helps save someone some time/trouble.

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