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How to replace the tranny - 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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I'm assuming you have another transmission lined up. Start by elevating the vehicle. 4 jack stands work great, or two ramps and 2 jack stands. Just be careful when putting the second set of stands under the vehicle. A jack will sometimes pull the vehicle toward the person jacking the vehicle up, this will cause the back two stands to start to pull forward, if that happens you're going to have a huge crash and possible some injuries. Just have someone watch for you while you jack it up to make sure it's ok. With the jeep elevated, unhook the battery, then drain the transmission fluid. If it's a 4 wheel drive drain that too. Start by taking out all the pan bolts, be careful with the last one or two as the pan will fall on you and it will still have a bunch of oil in it. The transfer case has a plug in it for filling and a plug for draining. Just remove the plug and it will drain out. While those are draining fully, disconnect the driveshaft(s) Use a permanent marker or some paint to mark which side goes where. Always put the driveshaft back in the same spot so there's no chance of a phantom vibration. With those removed you can replace the plug in the transfer case, if it has one, and the transmission. Don't worry about getting all the bolts tight, just snug them up. Now I recommend taking out the transmission mount bolts and the torque converter bolts. You'll have to remove the starter to get the bolts found easier. Don't dangle the starter by the wires. Tie it up to something with another piece of wire, or string. Then you'll have to rotate the torque converter with a large screwdriver, be careful not to skin yourself on the flywheel, the teeth are usually sharp on the edges. There should be 3-5 bolts holding the torqueconverter in. With that done you can place a jack under the transmission pan. Put a piece of board on the jack so you don't damage the pan. Now jack it up slightly so it's weight is relieved from the cross member. Take the crossmember bolts out and remove it. The next step is to remove any exhaust, if it's in the way. Disconnect the shift linkage from the transmission and transfer case. Also disconnect any and all wires, speedometer, and vacuum lines. With that done take out the bolts connecting the transfer case to the transmission. Slide the transfer case back and it should come right off. It's heavy so don't drop it on yourself or the floor. you don't want to break the case. Now we can concentrate on the transmission. Take the bellhousing bolts out and the transmission will slide back and disconnect from the alignment tabs. Let the jack down slowly. You may have to move the transmission around to get it to come down all the way. Be careful that the torque converter doesn't slide out. It can damage the converter and the floor. Not that I'd reuse an old one anyway, but I don't like the oil splash that comes with one falling out. With it out on the floor, double check to make sure all the pieces you will need are transferred from your old trans to your new. Mounts, linkage, wire harness, etc. Then you can start putting the jeep back together. Do it in the reverse order of taking it out and you should be in good shape. Good luck, any other questions please ask and I'll get back to you.

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