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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-18-2001, 07:35 PM
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help needed on 4.0 removal

Can anyone tell me how to remove the torx bolts that connect the bellhouse to the engine block on a 4.0liter? I have been able to loosen/remove everything except for these two pesky fastners because of the tight confines. I have been using a torx socket with universal and extensions. There has to be a trick and I am not very tricky. hehe
This is a 93 YJ 4.0 liter with manual transmission.

Thanks, Steve

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-18-2001, 09:55 PM
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Re: help needed on 4.0 removal

If you remove the plate that surrounds the shifter, you might be able to get to them from inside the tub. I suffered with extensions, and was able to do it, but this trick might work and I would have tried it if I had thought of it at the time.

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Install a 2" body lift. That'll fix your problem. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Sawzall anyone? [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2001, 01:42 PM
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Occasionally, when there's just no other way, I've been known to using a metal-cutting hole saw and drill a hole through the floor of my tub to permit me access to subborn fasteners. When you're done, use a glue called "GOOP" and glue a piece of sheet metal over the hole. Of course, my CJ is a far cry from a show vehicle (my paint job is done with a brush). When you got to get the bolt out, you gotta get it out!

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Go in through the shifter hole. Also make sure that the rest of the bell housing bolts are tight because if they are not and you try to take out that bolt last(as oposed to the larger hex bolts below)it will have a lot of tension on it from the engine and trans trying to seperate. I pulled my 4.2 out friday night and had the same problem after the person helping me stripped the bolt. I wasn't reusing the trans so I just torched the bell housing. But if you need the trans I wouldn't recommend the blue tipped wrench aproach.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2001, 05:12 PM
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Re: help needed on 4.0 removal

Thanks for the input, problem solved! It took 3 people to remove it. One person on the ratchet with extensions, another person to hold the torx with universal joint, and the third person to pray.

Thanks again, Steve

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