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Manual Transmission Replacement

When replacing a manual transmissionthere are a few other services you should include. Be sure to check the condition of the clutch, flywheel, and rear main engine oil seal. Also, check the condition of the transmission mounts and determine if they need to be replaced.

There are two main configurations for manual transmissions in modern vehicles—front wheel drive and rear wheel drive.

How to Replace a Front Wheel Drive Manual Transmission

  1. Drain all of the manual transmission fluid from the vehicle
  2. Disconnect the negative battery terminal
  3. Support the engine with a cross bar so it does not fall when the transmission is removed
  4. Remove the front wheels, axles, and starter motor
  5. Disconnect the shift linkage and electrical connectors
  6. Using a transmission jack, remove the manual transmission
  7. Install the new transmission
  8. Connect the linkage and electrical connectors
  9. Install the starter, axles, and wheels
  10. Fill the new transmission with the proper amount of factory fluid
  11. Clear all codes and download any needed software updates and/or adaptions
  12. Test drive the vehicle and verify proper operation of the new transmission

How to Replace a Rear Wheel Drive Manual Transmission

  1. Drain all of the manual transmission fluid from the vehicle
  2. Disconnect the negative battery terminal
  3. Support the engine with a jack so it does not fall when the transmission is removed
  4. Remove the driveshaft(s)
  5. Disconnect the shift linkage and electrical connectors
  6. Using a transmission jack, remove the manual transmission
  7. Install the new transmission
  8. Connect the linkage and electrical connectors
  9. Install the driveshaft
  10. Fill the new transmission with the proper amount of factory fluid
  11. Clear all codes and download any needed software updates and/or adaptions
  12. Test drive the vehicle and verify proper operation of the new transmission
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