Originally Posted by 1997_LeSabre
Lakeville, thanks for the input. Can you elaborate on how you dropped the subframe and changed the trans without using a hoist (I'm picturing lots of jackstands or a floorjack supporting the engine, which scares me). If I can avoid using a hoist that will save me having to drive 4 hours each way to borrow my friends. I go to school at Villanova, but will be working on the Buick at home in CT.
By the way, you can't use my 97 trans in your 95, 97 is a one model year only trans as far as interchangeability. Plus I may rebuild the old one and install a limited slip somewhere down the road.
I used a cherry picker (engine hoist) to support the motor, jacked the front end up about 1 1/2 - 2ft in the air and put it on 2 jack stands.....and then un bolted the front spindles from the struts, the subframe is actually a 2 piece part. I don't remember off the top of my head where the bolts are to split the K frame *subframe* Chilton'* would know. I did the swap exactly as the book said to... I skipped some steps here and there and got away with it. You can't support the engine any way with a jack or you'll f it up good and then you got a real problem.
I know your trans wouldn't work in my car, nor do I want it for my car, I got a 17k old trans in my car...you can have yours lol....I just wanted the bad one to tear apart and rebuild and see if I can't learn anything about these bastards.....Good Luck!