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Pelican Technical Article:

Transmission Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

5 hours5 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*****

Tools:

All of them, especially blocks of wood, trans or ATV jack, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses torque wrench

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Transmission

Hot Tip:

Be sure to have a helper when lowering the transmission out

Performance Gain:

Access to clutch and flywheel

Complementary Modification:

Replace transmission fluid

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing the transmission from the Mk4 Jetta 2.0. Removing the transmission is required for certain jobs, including changing the clutch and also the flywheel. This article is written assuming that you have already performed all the prior work to be able to remove the transmission, such as removing the axles, battery, etc. I highly recommend studying our technical library on the Mk4 Jetta before beginning this job. As always, safety first, be sure to disconnect the battery and have the car secured in the air on jack stands.

See the following articles for more information: Jacking Up Your Mk4 Jetta; Mass Airflow Sensor Replacement; Battery Replacement; Battery Box Removal; Starter Removal; Air Filter Housing Removal; Front Subframe Removal; Axle Replacement.

Begin by pulling the snap clips off the gearshift cable ends (green arrows).
Figure 1

Begin by pulling the snap clips off the gearshift cable ends (green arrows). Pull the cables off the gearshift mechanism. This will allow you access to remove the slave cylinder underneath (yellow arrow). See our article on Slave Cylinder Replacement for more info.

Loosen and remove the three 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the shift cable bracket to the transmission.
Figure 2

Loosen and remove the three 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the shift cable bracket to the transmission. Lift the bracket up and out of the way.

Remove the snap clip (green arrow) holding the gear lever (yellow arrow) on and slide it out of the gearshift assembly.
Figure 3

Remove the snap clip (green arrow) holding the gear lever (yellow arrow) on and slide it out of the gearshift assembly. Loosen and remove the 13mm nut (blue arrow) holding the gearshift assembly to the transmission.

Make a paint mark (green arrow) on the gearshift assembly and shaft.
Figure 4

Make a paint mark (green arrow) on the gearshift assembly and shaft. This will allow you to orient the assembly correctly when re-installing it.

Use a small puller to pop the gearshift assembly of the top of the transmission shaft.
Figure 5

Use a small puller to pop the gearshift assembly of the top of the transmission shaft.

Loosen and remove the two 13mm bolts (green arrows) holding the support bar to the transmission and mount.
Figure 6

Loosen and remove the two 13mm bolts (green arrows) holding the support bar to the transmission and mount.

Loosen and remove the two 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the lower engine mount to the transmission.
Figure 7

Loosen and remove the two 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the lower engine mount to the transmission. Also loosen and remove the two 13mm bolts (purple arrows) holding the lower engine mount to the chassis. Lower the engine mount out of the way.

Loosen and remove the three 18mm bolts (green arrows) holding the transmission to the oil pan.
Figure 8

Loosen and remove the three 18mm bolts (green arrows) holding the transmission to the oil pan.

You'll need to move the power steering pressure line (green arrow) out of the way for the transmission to be removed.
Figure 9

You'll need to move the power steering pressure line (green arrow) out of the way for the transmission to be removed. I recommend removing the pressure fitting at the pump and letting it drain completely. See our article on Power Steering Pump Replacement for more information.

Loosen and remove the 13mm bolt (green arrow) holding the power steering line (yellow arrow) to the transmission, and move the line out of the way.
Figure 10

Loosen and remove the 13mm bolt (green arrow) holding the power steering line (yellow arrow) to the transmission, and move the line out of the way.

An ATV/motorcycle jack works very well to lower the transmission down and out of the car.
Figure 11

An ATV/motorcycle jack works very well to lower the transmission down and out of the car. Be sure to use blocks of wood under the transmission to support the transmission. The idea here is to try and keep the tranny level relative to the engine.

Place a floor jack under the oil pan to support the weight of the engine.
Figure 12

Place a floor jack under the oil pan to support the weight of the engine. Once the engine and transmission are separated, the floor jack will hold the engine in place.

Loosen and remove the 18mm bolt (green arrow) holding the transmission to the engine.
Figure 13

Loosen and remove the 18mm bolt (green arrow) holding the transmission to the engine. Also remove the 13mm bolt (yellow arrow) holding the ground strap to the transmission.

Now loosen and remove the 18mm bolt (green arrow) behind the ground strap connection.
Figure 14

Now loosen and remove the 18mm bolt (green arrow) behind the ground strap connection.

Don't forget to remove the 18mm bolt (green arrow) near the rear of the oil pan.
Figure 15

Don't forget to remove the 18mm bolt (green arrow) near the rear of the oil pan.

Double check that the transmission is fully supported.
Figure 16

Double check that the transmission is fully supported. Then remove the two 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the transmission mount to the transmission. Now lower both the engine and transmission jacks down enough to access the mounting plate fasteners.

Loosen and remove the three 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the mounting plate to the transmission and pull it off.
Figure 17

Loosen and remove the three 16mm bolts (green arrows) holding the mounting plate to the transmission and pull it off. At this point, you are ready to lower the transmission down and off the engine block.

As the engine lowers, you'll notice the gap between the engine and transmission increase (green arrow).
Figure 18

As the engine lowers, you'll notice the gap between the engine and transmission increase (green arrow). Carefully lower both jacks until the transmission input shaft slides out of the clutch disc and off the engine block.

And here's the finished result with the transmission removed.
Figure 19

And here's the finished result with the transmission removed. Installing the transmission is the reverse order of removal.

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