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Old 01-19-2010, 06:49 PM   #11
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I figured this would be a good thread.

I need to get the side cover off of my trans in the 95 Regal to replace the parking pawl/pinion rod. Is there any science to removing the subframe? Or should it be relatively easy? How much does this thing weigh?
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4t60-e weighs 200lbs. I can't imagine what a 3800 fully dressed goes for. Maybe 350-400lbs?
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Most find they can lower that side of the frame and get the pan off. The pawl will be right there in plain view.

The subframe on the Bonne is heavy...it'* a beast, the Regal should be a little lighter, although I'm not familiar with the 95 one.
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Most find they can lower that side of the frame and get the pan off. The pawl will be right there in plain view.

The subframe on the Bonne is heavy...it'* a beast, the Regal should be a little lighter, although I'm not familiar with the 95 one.
Just trying to figure out what I'm in for. I'll be doing this in a garage, and I'll be supporting my engine using a 4x4 across my engine bay and some truck straps, but I'm not yet sure what to do with the subframe. I don't know how to lower it, or how to raise it back up short of buying 3 floor jacks.
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You could use a jack stand or anything to hold one side up. easiest way to support it up a bit is to lift and put one of the balljoint nuts on a couple of threads. Then the other side can be lifted to do nearly the same. One jack could be used to give it the last bit it needs.

On the truck straps..I'd probably suggest picking up 2-3 feet of chain. It'* cheap insurance against problems. Afterall..you'll be under it.
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You could use a jack stand or anything to hold one side up. easiest way to support it up a bit is to lift and put one of the balljoint nuts on a couple of threads. Then the other side can be lifted to do nearly the same. One jack could be used to give it the last bit it needs.

On the truck straps..I'd probably suggest picking up 2-3 feet of chain. It'* cheap insurance against problems. Afterall..you'll be under it.
Just trying to work with what I have. The truck straps I'm using are each rated for 6,000 pounds, and I'll be using two of them. I'll probably place them over some towels so they don't sit directly on the sharp edge of the 4x4. Might be worth noting I used the same two truck straps to pull the V12 engine out of my Jaguar, with a Turbo 400 transmission.

Thanks for the tip btw.

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