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putting in a 4l60e

This is a discussion on putting in a 4l60e within the Automatic Transmission forums, part of the Drivetrain category; First off the trans in a 01 silverado 1500 is shot, and i can save alot of money doing it ...

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    putting in a 4l60e

    First off the trans in a 01 silverado 1500 is shot, and i can save alot of money doing it myself, but i have not attempted anything of this sort before... so heres my questions....

    1. How hard is it in general? I've done the whole headers and intake business a few times with no problem, but not pulling and replacing a transmission...

    2. Any special tools i would need?

    3. Does anyone know of a internet guide or walk through to give me a good idea what id be getting myself into?

    I plan on replacing it with exactly what was in it, so no modifications should be needed, just dont know bout the whole ordeal....

    and a side note, i have access to a hoist too, so i know that would make leaps and bounds of a difference...

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    Its pretty easy. Here's a couple keys to success though:
    1. Take your time removing the exhaust pipes. The studs like to break, and it can sometimes be awkward to maneuver out
    2. Leave the dipstick up in the truck. remove it from the trans at the same time as you are removing the trans from the truck. Reverse that when you reinstall the trans.
    3. The cooler lines are those quick connect style, so you'll need a pick to remove the clips. becareful those clips get lost easily as they go flying across the shop.

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    In addition to what Cutlass mentioned -- make sure the torque converter is properly seated before trying to install the transmission. If it is not on all the way and you bolt it up, you risk damage to the pump. You have to rotate it as you install it while applying pressure. There is usually a spec in the shop books for how far back the face of the converter should be from the lip of the bellhousing.

    Other things to think about -- you should flush the trans cooler lines to remove any possible debris from the old transmission and also the converter if it is to be re-used. Upon installation, it is generally a good idea to pour some fluid into the converter before putting it on. If you are installing a used transmission, replace the input and output shaft seals. Cheap insurance for just a few bucks.

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    so flush the lines, will have a new converter, be carefull with teh bolts, and make sure the converter is seated well?

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    take your time with the top bolt on the tranny it is a pain in the ass to reach. i highly recommend this wobble adaptor [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bcpjf6_vCk[/ame]
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    Make sure to drain the tranny before removal. I bought 2 24" 3/8 drive extensions and the swivle. Made access to the bolts a breeze IMO...



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    LOCKTIGHT those converter bolts when you put them back in. Guys for get to do that and 6 months to a year later, one will go flying out from the car and you'll say.... damn I wonder what I hit? You will then have a bad vibration and think you hit something and lost the ballance on a wheel. DON'T BE THAT GUY lol. I have been before and it takes your brain forever to figure out that it's not a tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaycenK View Post
    LOCKTIGHT those converter bolts when you put them back in. Guys for get to do that and 6 months to a year later, one will go flying out from the car and you'll say.... damn I wonder what I hit? You will then have a bad vibration and think you hit something and lost the ballance on a wheel. DON'T BE THAT GUY lol. I have been before and it takes your brain forever to figure out that it's not a tire.
    ill remember that, i could see that being a pain in the ass

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    Getting them out of the trucks is a piece of cake, especially 2WD.

    You're gonna need a tranny jack too, it makes life a whole lot easier. Trying to drop an Auto trans on a regular jack can turn into a nightmare real quick. They are HEAVY, and awkward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damian View Post
    Getting them out of the trucks is a piece of cake, especially 2WD.

    You're gonna need a tranny jack too, it makes life a whole lot easier. Trying to drop an Auto trans on a regular jack can turn into a nightmare real quick. They are HEAVY, and awkward.
    well we are working with a 4wd, so lil more difficulty may occur, but ill see what we can do for a jack, might see if we can rent one from somewhere

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    Is Hometown Auto in Winner an option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clint195 View Post
    Is Hometown Auto in Winner an option?

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