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post #1 of 35 Old 08-19-2009, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Transmission removal and installation

I believe that the seals in my transmission have gone bad and need to be replaced. I have a 2000 Durango 4x4 with a 5.9 engine.

I was wondering how much of a bear it is to pull the transmission on this vehicle. Of have done other small cars before but I dont have a tranny jack.
Is there anything I should be aware of in advance?

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Don't all throw yourselves under the bus. It's a pretty straight forward question.
I would think getting it out is not all that bad but there is usually a snag somewhere.
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post #3 of 35 Old 08-20-2009, 03:29 AM
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You will hurt yourself trying to get a 46RE out alone without a tranny jack. The damn things weigh 250+ lbs without the T-case. It isn't that big of a job it is just a PITA. The top two bellhousing bolts are also hard to get at without a loooong extension or by using a flex head ratchet from the top.


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Thanks Nitro, thats exactly what I was looking for. <Thumbs up>
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post #5 of 35 Old 08-30-2009, 06:57 PM
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it's not that bad with two people and a tranny jack. Also air tools and 4-5 feet of extensions help too
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it sucks, i just finished taking my 42RE out. There are some things you'll be cussing dodge for.

Get about 2 feet of extensions for the top two bolts, you will also need a universal. Take some electical tape and wrap it around the universal to stiffen it up also. There was one top bolt on the transfer case that was a bitch to remove. I finally got it out by using a short socket with a crows foot on it ( I have these sockets with a 3/4 hex on the outside). Yours might be different. The cooler lines usually get rusted and wont come off. I just cut em.


The "engine to transmission" support brackets are so stupid. I hope you enjoy that part of the tranny removal.
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I took mine out a couple weeks ago, i used nothing but a bluepoint 3/8 ratchet set, a couple breaker bars, some pipes(more torque), a BFH, a couple screw drivers, a few jack stands and a couple floor jacks. Talk about the biggest PITA ever! took me 2 days and 2 of us to drop it out with the T-case attached. I will NOT be putting it back in until i can get a shop with air for the weekend.

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The upper tranny bolts are easily accessable from the top side on the 5.9 motor. I just pulled one. Not that bad at all Out and in in 3 1/2 hours
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Ya, I'm just about done pulling mine out, I don't think I will be doing this again. I can't believe anyone could pull that out and back in within 3 and a half hours. Can't be the first time or they must be really good!!! Did anyone pull their exhaust out, I left mine in.
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I believe that the seals in my transmission have gone bad and need to be replaced. I have a 2000 Durango 4x4 with a 5.9 engine.

I was wondering how much of a bear it is to pull the transmission on this vehicle. Of have done other small cars before but I dont have a tranny jack.
Is there anything I should be aware of in advance?

Thx,
HS
I've had mine out a couple times....I pull it out with the motor.

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Wish I had that option!
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With a tranny jack, is it possible to drop it solo?
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