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'89 Isuzu Amigo, Can't Get the Transmission Out

Q: Hoping that you may be able to help with a difficulty I have run into concerning an ‘89 Isuzu Amigo with a manual tranny. I’m working to remove the crankshaft with the engine in place. The transmission has only slid back about 1/2"with difficulty and appears not to want to move back any further. Is there anything else that would be holding it in place or is it simply a matter of needing to hit the right angle, between the trans & engine. The transmission is unbolted completely and the engine is still in the mounts.

A: It sounds as if the pilot bearing is seized to the transmission’s input/front shaft. The pilot bearing is located on the rear of the engine’s crankshaft. This bearing aids in aligning and supporting the front shaft of the transmission and clutch disc. The problem is that the pilot bearing is larger than the hole in the clutch disc. When this happens the transmission cannot be removed as normal. You’ll have to find a creative way to unbolt the clutch. If I’m not mistaken there are some small access covers on the bell housing of the transmission. With the covers removed you can reach the bolts that hold the clutch to the fly wheel. I’ve seen some creative hole saw work used to solve this problem as well. Once again just some of the unplanned time, fun and dollars you can have working on vehicles.

 
     
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