tips on removing M50D transmission from 96 Ranger 4x4 v6, top bolts.


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Gurus -

I have a 96 Ranger 4x4 v6 4l, with the M50D 5 speed. I am getting close to dropping the transmission (exhaust removed, drive lines removed, shifter etc). Any tips on accessing the two bolts on the top of the bellhousing? So far every bolt that I removed has required a LOT of heat to get it to free along with a prayer of 'please, please, please don't snap'. The last thing I want to do is snap a bolt and have to extract, which I suspect would involve pulling the engine.

This can't be a unique problem. Looking for advice good or bad.

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Chris
Literally in the process of dropping my transmission. We've had a hell of a time getting those bolts out. We finally got them out yesterday. What we did was use liquid wrench, and a mix of 50/50 ATF/Acetone to soak the bolts for an hour or so. Then we used a 1000 f/p impact with extensions and swivels
 


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Literally in the process of dropping my transmission. We've had a hell of a time getting those bolts out. We finally got them out yesterday. What we did was use liquid wrench, and a mix of 50/50 ATF/Acetone to soak the bolts for an hour or so. Then we used a 1000 f/p impact with extensions and swivels
Yea -- it is a hassle. When I reinstalled the bolts I put a dab of anti-seize on the threads and used lockwashers. If I have to pull the trans again; should be a none issue.
 

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I do them from below with a long extension and a swivel socket but the crossmember has to be out and the trans drooped down as far as possible. I've also done them from above like ADSM suggested - flex gearwrench or a flex head ratchet is an absolute necessity.
I've always done mine the same way, I use a 36" 3/8" drive long locking extension from Matco and an a 3/8 drive Impact swivel socket. I do them from the bottom.
 

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I've always done mine the same way, I use a 36" 3/8" drive long locking extension from Matco and an a 3/8 drive Impact swivel socket. I do them from the bottom.


yeah.....what he said.
 

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I've done it both ways. Last few times have been from the top with a ratcheting swivel wrench. But the bolts are not rust-welded in place either.
 


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