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    Transmission Removal Tips

    Any tips to make this easier? I have already turned a simple clucth bleeding into a weekend project by dropping a 11mm deepwell socket into the transmission. I'm going to try a 24" flexible magnet before dropping the tranny but something is telling me this thing is not coming out as easy as it fell in.

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    For the upper bell housing bolts=2 foot extension, two 6" extensions () gives you a slight bow and flex), take a universial joint and loosely wrap a peice of masking tape around it to stiffen it, then on the end of that a short 6 point socket......go in from behind the tail shaft up to the bell bolts, this makes it VERY easy

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    Remove the starter and try from there

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Remove the starter and try from there

    Didn't really think about that. I will give the flexible magnet and starter a try first.

    Thanks for the suggestion about the extensions and tape Mark. I'm hoping to avoid this but if not I'm sure this will help. If I have to drop it I'm going to put the speed bleeder in while I have it out.

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    Good luck man! If it makes you feel any better I dropped the little oil tube bolt for the oil pump down into the oil pan....twice lol 1st time I got it out with a pen magnet, same with the second time, BUT then I dropped the socket in there and had to pull the pan to get it.....to pull the pan I had to drop the whole front suspension lol

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    Also there is a sheetmetal plug in the automatic bell housing you might be able to pop that out and get it from there

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark21742 View Post
    Good luck man! If it makes you feel any better I dropped the little oil tube bolt for the oil pump down into the oil pan....twice lol 1st time I got it out with a pen magnet, same with the second time, BUT then I dropped the socket in there and had to pull the pan to get it.....to pull the pan I had to drop the whole front suspension lol
    I'm ok with it. At first I was in disbelief that it was even possible to do this, such a bad design. The bottom line is I messed up so I will take my lumps. I have my 08 HD road glide to get around on and when I need a car my GF lets me use her 2011 WRX so it could be worse.

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    Hopefully the starter idea works.

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    At the worst with regular hand tools you can have the tranny out in a half hour

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    Tried the starter didn't work. Just can't get the magnet in at the right angle to grab it. Tranny is coming out this weekend and I'm installing a speed bleeder. I have a feeling there is more to my hydraulic issue than just bleeding the clutch. I know the MC is the weak link but what if anything can I do with the tranny out to make sure it's not a slave issue? I'm really tired of hydraulic issues with these damn LS cars you would think GM would put an adequate system on a cars with 350+HP. My GTO has 12k miles on it! I may just replace the MC with a tick unit while I'm at it haven't decided yet.

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