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1. Disconnect battery negative cable from all batteries.

Only work on a hard level surface such as concrete or asphalt to prevent vehicle dropping.

2. Raise vehicle using quality floor jack rated for vehicle weight.

Set park brake, chock rear wheels, use rated metal jack stands, etc.


After raising vehicle and prior to working under vehicle, push with body force at each corner to determine acceptable support.

3. Remove inspection cover bolts and remove cover to expose flexplate.

4. CAUTION: Rotate flywheel in same direction the engine normally turns.

Bump engine (disconnect coil wire on gas motor) with remote starter switch - requires temporary reconnect of battery; or

Rotate engine using harmonic balancer bolt at front of crank pulley; or

Note: It is common for the crank bolt to strip if you pull to fast or hard all at once.)

Rotate engine using a large flathead screwdriver at flexplate teeth and bellhousing. (
1 tooth at a time)

4. Remove all torque converter nuts

5. Remove transmission pan bolts, remove pan, drain fluid and remove debris and metal from magnet.

6. Reinstall pan using at least 4 bolts.

7. CAUTION: Verify negative cable on battery is disconnected any starter wire or bolts.

7. Remove cable(s) and bolts on starter - Remove Starter.

8. Remove top bell housing bolts. (Sometimes using swivel ratchet or wrench & small cheater bar)

9. Remove shifter linkage or cable from shifter lever & transmission case (if applicable).

10. Place transmission in Neutral (2 clicks from park position).

11. Remove two bolts retaining Manual Lever Position Sensor (MLPS) and remove sensor.

12. Disconnect MLPS Connector from sensor. (only use fingers - not a screwdriver)

13. Remove 2 nuts/bolts securing rear transmission mount to cross-member.

14. Remove speedometer cable and/or Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) from transmission housing.

15. Remove u-joint nuts at rearend (double bag u-joint at rear of drive shaft secure with tape.)

Reinstall u-joint clips and nuts to rearend yolk.

16. Remove driveshaft(s).

17. Remove both cooler lines at transmission.


Only use your fingers and never use a screwdriver to disconnect bulkhead connector.

18. Remove solenoid bulkhead electrical connector above pan rail - rear passenger side of transmission -

19. Remove exhaust pipe and muffler to the extent necessary to allow transmission removal.

20. CAUTION: Use only a quality trans-cage & jack or transmission jack rated for E4OD.

The E4OD Transmission is a large and very heavy Automatic Transmission.

Use chain/strap over top of transmission and tighten to secure.

20. Place trans-cage / jack under pan rails and secure properly.

21. Lift transmission about 1-1/2" - 2" as gauged at rear tip of transmission.

22. Remove all cross-member bolts and nuts, remove cross-member.

23. Remove rear transmission mount from tailshaft.

24a. CAUTION: Prior to lowering transmission, verify all hoses and wires are long enough.

If there is a tight hose or wire on the engine when transmission is lifted, then these same tight fitting hoses and/or wires will need to be disconnect to prevent damage prior to lowering back of transmission.


 24b. CAUTION:

NEVER lower transmission jack such as to allow the full weight of trans to hang on engine as this is very dangerous and can result in a broken bellhousing or worse.

The tilt back as described below will prevent torque converter from falling; and

Will also give added room for removing side bellhousing bolts if needed.

24. Lower transmission about 4" from lifted position gauged at rear tip or transmission.

25. Just support / block up engine at rear of oil pan at this point (do not raise engine)


Leave 2 side transmission to engine bolts in at least 3 threads at this point.

27. Remove all but, the 2 transmission to engine bolts (3 threads in engine).

28. Push transmission jack, transmission & converter back about 1/2" (inch).


DO NOT LOWER JACK any more than you have to, to obtain an an even gap between the engine and bellhousing.; and

With an even gap the 2 bellhousing bolts should turn by hand at this point.

29. Pry torque converter back from flexplate using flathead screwdriver

30.Again, verify that you have even gaps between bellhousing and engine, this is very important.


Verify Torque Converter moves with transmission as you move away from engine.

31. Carefully move transmission at tailshaft side to side a little to clear dowel pins on engine.

32. Carefully remove the 2 remaining bellhousing bolts.

33. Carefully push transmission & torque converter away from engine block.

34. Lower transmission a little once torque converter is clear of flexplate.

35. Carefully push transmission back some more.

Keep hands away from jack parts when lowering transmission as you may need to hold torque converter in while transmission is lowered.

IF NECESSARY - GET HELP to lower jack as you hold in torque converter !

36. Lower transmission all the way down when possible.

37. Reinstall nuts back on torque converter studs.

Use some upward pressure when removing torque converter to prevent damage to the Teflon® ** split seal on the stator:

38. Remove torque convert from transmission

39. Place torque converter in quality plastic bag.


40. Carefully slide transmission off front of jack and/or remove from under vehicle.
  ** Teflon® Is a registered Trademark/Tradename of Dupont Corporation.

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