Join Date: May 2009
Location: Clarksville, TN
Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Dakota
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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.
Last edited by slodakota; 06-08-2009 at 10:23 PM.