Clutch & transmission installed - here are 2 tips


Veteran Member
Aug 1, 2002
Colorado Springs, CO
1998 Jetta, 2003 Jetta Wagon, 2005 New Beetle, 2013 Sportwagen
Wonder of wonders, everything works!

Tip 1: Use a block and tackle for lowering and lifting the trans, and also for aligning the engine for the dogbone mount installation. See below for photos.

Tip 2: Ski bibs are very helpful when working outside in subfreezing weather. Dressed just in insulated pants, sweatshirt, and medium weight winter jacket in 20°F weather yesterday, I got pretty thoroughly chilled. Today in 5-15°F temps, I added ski bibs and a stocking cap, and I stayed relatively warm.

Block & tackle photos:

Hooked up and ready to start lifting.

Coming up! Note that I started the lift with the transmission bracket attached, but I removed it to get past the power steering line.

Did the job solo, so I tied loops in the rope at stopping places in the pull to hold the transmission while I went below to adjust the trans position.

For most of the lifting, I hooked to a small shackle attached to the place the transmission bracket brace bar attaches to the transmission. This lifted the differential, which was helpful getting past the subframe. Once I had the transmission almost in place, I hooked on the slave cylinder hole for final alignment.


Veteran Member
Jan 5, 2014
AnnArbor, MI
Mk.4's and the Cummins
Nicely done, and thanks for the photos. I am contemplating similar, but using instead a cherry picker for the lifting and something like a tie strap to join between it and the gearbox..



Top Post Dawg
Aug 2, 2006
Newburgh, NY
04 Jetta GLS BEW, 14 Audi A7 V6 TDI, 13 Porsche Cayenne V6 TDI
I just use a ratchet strap on the engine support bar - works well enough to lift it in place. I use the bolt hole right by where you have the hook and it's near perfectly balanced. For removal it just about pops out onto the ground. Old pic before I had my shop - had to freeze in my parents garage!