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transmission drop and paranoia

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So I am always a little worried when under the car on jackstands. I am about to drop the transmission today. How much does it weigh? Do I need to worry about the shifting of balance because of that?

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If you are working by yourself, a transmission jack is indispensable, especially when trying to line up the transmission for re-installation.

Harbor Freight sells a couple of different units that are both inexpensive and effective for the DIY'er.

Regards, Maurice.

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Yup. haror freight transmission jack was the first thing I got. along with two additional jack stands. The car is up on four jack stands now.

Which brings me to another related question - since I am mostly a weekend DIYer and considering I'm on a big IMS retrofit job + clutch, I anticipate about 3-4 weekends at least. Would it be ok to leave it on the jack-stand for that long? Or do you guys recommend I take it off and put it back on everytime I work on it? More than the hassle about the setup, I am concerned about putting it down on the wheels with the axle disconnected.

Thanks guys!

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If the jack stands at the designated places of the car have been placed, it does no harm at all. Note that the engine or engine-gearbox combination should always be supported by a jack or something, they should not linger with the mounts partially removed.

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