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Old 09-13-2010, 01:15 PM   #1
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Hey guys! I decided i'd create a spot on here where i could ask some questions regarding my latest endeavor. Currently my brother and I are trying to replace the automatic transmission on my car(1997 Impreza outback sport)(completely stock). So far we have have removed:
Exhaust system
Heat Shield
Drive shaft
wheels
Front axles
Air box on the engine.

My first question, is what next? What can we expect when we try to separate the transmission from the engine? Does the transmission drop out by itself, or should it be removed with the engine as an assembly?

Forgive me for my newbiness. Just never tried anything like this before.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #2
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I'd be looking in the transmission section, first of all. You can pick up a haynes or Chilton manual from a library or parts store pretty cheap, but most of them only go to 96. The procedure is still very much the same.

The trans can and will drop out by itself. You will need a floor jack to support it and something to hold the motor tilted back toward the firewall as well.

If they've never been separated, you should spray the parting line with penetrant now and let it soak in. Remove the pitch stop, starter and unhook the various wires connected to the trans, along with the shift linkage. Once done, gently support the trans with a jack (protect the pan with wood) and remove the trans crossmember. Lower the trans slightly to tilt everything down. Support motor in this position (long pipe against radiator support). Remove access cover on bellhousing just left of the throttlebody, it might be tough to get to with the wiring in the way. Rotate the motor to remove the 4 cap screws holding the torque converter to the flexplate. Remove top bolts and lower nuts between motor/trans. Use a putty knife and hammer to begin parting the trans from the motor. Work evenly around the whole area. Add penetrant as needed. Work your way to slightly larger tools as the gap opens. Putty knife, then screwdrivers, then prybars, etc.....

Once separated, carefully guide it back and down out of the car. Hopefully the car is high enough to get it out while still on the jack. It's extremely heavy, so be careful. I've heard of the bellhousing breaking when trying to remove the motor and trans in one piece......so support that pig well!!!

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Old 09-13-2010, 05:40 PM   #3
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Thank you so much. You are a god. I'll check in when i've got some work done
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:22 AM   #4
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good news!

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Old 09-15-2010, 12:22 AM   #5
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Now how do we get the new one in? suckers gonna be heavy.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:59 AM   #6
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Now how do we get the new one in? suckers gonna be heavy.
Same way it came out....but ALOT more cursing and beer will be needed!!!

Told ya it was a heavy SOB!!!

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