Any tips on changing a standard trans in a 2000 Saturn SC. I've never done it before?
I suggest that you get the vehicle specific manual for the exact process but here's the general idea:
The hood, the front axle nut on both sides, the tie rod ends, and ball joint, as much of the brake system and suspension as necessary to get the axles removed.
Then, with it up in the air on sturdy ramps/supports:
CV Axles (making sure to put blanks (broom stick handle cut off) in their place to prevent anything in the transaxle from slipping out of place, the starter, shift linkage, grounding straps/wiring harness, shift cables, speedo cable or wiring as applicable, sometimes both, any lines, cables, wiring that is going to the transaxle. Remove the slave sylinder and set it to the side and tape it to prevent if from coming apart or being damaged.
You'll need to loosen the motor mounts and possibly remove the coolant hoses to the engine as you may need to tilt the engine downward to get the trans. released and have room to pull it out.
REMEMBER THE EXACT ANGLE YOU USED TO PULL IT OUT, THAT'S HOW YOU'LL NEED TO REINSTALL IT!!!!!
You should have everything out of the way, a hoist over the engine/trans compartment hooked to a sling around the transaxle to lower it and remove it from the bottom side once you remove the transmission mount and the bellhousing bolts.
There is a bar designed to hold the engine in place so that it doesn't tilt too much, you'll have to fabricate a means from underneath or above for that.
Many of these FWD manufacturers say you can't change the trans without pulling the motor too! I've not found that to be true. It has been difficult though as space is limited and positioning is everything!
It is best to replace everything, clutch, throw-out bearing, pilot bushing/bearing, pressure plate and use a good alignment tool when putting everything back together.
If the flywheel isn't perfect, you may want to remove it and have it resurfaced at a machine shop.
IT's not a job you'll want to do more than once in a short period of time.
Good luck !
Mar 30, 2012 |
2000 Saturn SC