any chance of getting this pdf up and running again?? i see a clutch replacement on my horizon...
neither the flange or axle needs to be removed, trans will slip right into place with both flanges and both axles still installed... just jack the engine far enough forward and lower it enough, unbolting the post cat coupler and the exhaust to subframe bracket facilitates this engine movementNo ramps
Drivers axle has to be removed or tranny flange . Straight forward job just many things to remove and re-install
I have never removed the flanges, just takes a bit of wrastling to get the trans up and in. Typically the car will be on jacks in general, instead of using the top engine brace you can use a floor jack (with a bit of cushion against the oil pan) under the oil pan to drop the engine angle and wiggle it around to make it easier to get the trans up and in. A person helping you to get the trans in really helps make this easier.long time forum reader, first time to post. jimbote, I am interested in how to "... jack the engine far enough forward and lower it enough, unbolting the post cat coupler and the exhaust to subframe bracket..." Right now I have 03 ALH Beetle with new SMF and clutch, ready to install 5-sp trans. Do not want to remove flanges. Can you explain how?
Since I have clutches in both a MkIV and a MkV to do in the very near future, I simply looked on my local craigslist and found a HFT transmission jack that had been used once (to do a 4Runner transfer case). It's the hydraulic one, but it cost me less than the mechanical one would have cost new from HFT. After I bought the dedicated hydraulic transmission jack, I noticed there are adapters to convert the typical large rolling floor jack with a removable lift cup into a transmission jack. They go for about $40 on ebay. I probably should have gone this route...I'm preparing to do a clutch R&R on the wife's Golf: maybe another 4 weeks out as I'm waiting for the car to hit 200k miles. I'll be doing this solo, in which case I want to find out what tools/aids work best for managing the transmission in/out.
I have an engine support bar. I think that I've read of folks dropping adjustable straps off it and down to/around the transmission. Would this eliminate the need for a transmission jack (which I don't have- cheap enough though)?
...I think my only issue will be managing the weight of the transmission.