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Old 07-21-2009, 09:45 AM   #1
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OK...so in order to get to the bellhousing bolts that connect the transmission to the engine, I had to yank the whole thing out. So on my workbench, I had a large mass of engine/transmission. I finally got that last stupid bolt out, and started prying everything apart. The bellhousing came off, but the torque converter won't come off. It looks like it may be bolted on [to the flywheel/flexplate?] I've managed to get a wrench down in there, but they won't budge, and I'm rounding off the edges of the nuts. Any ideas? Other than c4, which is my roommate's suggestion for everything.
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try this At the front of the bellhousing bottom half is a small thin metal plate. If I recall correctly it is held in by 2 bolts. Remove these bolts and slide the plate out. From here you will be looking for 4 nuts and there will be a bolt in there. These things will be coming through the flywheel. This is the torque converter. What you need to do is remove the nuts one at a time. You will have to have someone turn and hold the engine. Have them turn it over by attaching a ratchet to the crankshaft pulley bolt and have them turn the engine from here also, to expose the other 3 nuts. Once all 4 nuts are removed then you are done here.
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Yup, that's how we did it on Louis' car a couple weeks ago.
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Thanks! I had the engine/transmission out and upright, so didn't see the access area [mine is a little rubber plate with a metal clip holding it on.] Two of the nuts came off right away.

Unfortunately at least one of the nuts is too rounded off by my trying to get at it with a wrench. My best friend at the local junk yard told me they sometimes have to take a chisel to the nuts and break them off...as a last resort, of course. I even took my Dremel to it to un-round off the edges so the socket would fit again, but alas...
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