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How To Remove Mustang T5 Transmission (1982-2004 5.0L, 3.8L, 2.3L)
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Published on 2018-08-01
Removing the T5 transmission from your Fox Body or SN95 Mustang is needed whenever you need to access vital drivetrain and engine components. These components include the clutch and pressure plate, clutch fork, throw out bearing, fly wheel, rear main seal, and other various parts.
This video covers the core steps in the removal process. The work is performed on a 1991 Fox Body race car. Depending on the year of your Mustang, the removal of the few interior pieces will slightly differ.
What’s up everybody? Landan with lmr.com! In this video I’m going to be providing the general steps on how to remove a T5 transmission from your 1982-1995 Mustang or 1994 to 2004 Mustang with the V6.
Removing the T5 in your Mustang is needed to replace and or inspect crucial drivetrain and engine components.
Some of these components include the clutch and pressure plate assembly, flywheel, pilot bearing, clutch fork, throw out bearing, and even the rear main seal.
The removal steps will be shown on our 1991 Fox Body race car so a few steps regarding the interior will slightly differ.
To begin the install, disconnect the negative battery cable.
From inside of the car, remove the shift knob.
Now, remove the upper shift boot and bezel.
Loosen and remove the shifter handle to shifter hardware.
Set the handle aside.
Loosen and remove the four bolts securing the lower boot to the floor.
Pass the lower boot over the shifter.
Loosen and remove the four shifter to transmission retaining bolts.
Use a pry bar or flat head to dislodge the shifter from the transmission.
The shifter is now free to come out.
If you still have the factory clutch quadrant installed, pull up to release the self-adjuster and support the pedal with some sort of prop.
If you have an aftermarket clutch quadrant and firewall adjuster, rotate the firewall adjuster in the correct orientation to release any clutch cable pre-load.
Now you can support the car via a lift or jack stands.
Disconnect the o2 sensor electrical connections.
Spray a penetrating oil onto the exhaust hardware.
All you need to remove is the mid-pipe.
This is done by removing the mid-pipe to manifold retaining hardware.
Then you can loosen and remove the hardware securing the mid-pipe to the catback.
Loosen and remove the two nine-sixteenths nuts securing the transmission mount to the crossmember.
To remove the crossmember to body nuts, hold the bolt head with a 13mm box end wrench and loosen the nut with a 15mm socket.
Do this for both sides and leave the bolts in place.
Place a reference mark on the rear of the driveshaft and pinion flange for orientation.
Loosen and remove the four retaining bolts with a twelve point, 12mm socket.
An impact will be your best friend here.
Place a drain pan under the tailshaft.
Remove the driveshaft from the transmission and then plug the tailshaft.
Cover the yoke to protect it from foreign material.
Loosen and remove the four transmission to bellhousing bolts.
Remove the reverse light switch from the side of the transmission.
This is dislodged with a flat head.
Disconnect the electrical connection from the speed sensor if equipped.
Dislodge the speedometer cable clip and remove the cable from the sensor.
Support the transmission with a jack.
Remove the crossmember bolts.
Set the crossmember aside.
Remove the clutch fork dust cover retaining bolt followed by the dust cover.
Pass the eyelet through the larger opening in the clutch fork.
Use a flat head screwdriver to remove the clutch cable to bellhousing retaining clip.
The transmission can now be removed from the car.
Remove the two nine-sixteenths starter to bellhousing retaining bolts.
Pull the starter out of the opening in the bellhousing and set it aside.
Loosen and remove the six five-eighths bellhousing to engine block retaining bolts.
A long extension and wobble socket will be the go-to combination for these bolts.
The bellhousing and clutch fork assembly can now be removed from the car.
Break loose all of the pressure plate retaining bolts.
These should be half inch in size and there are six of them.
Evenly loosen all of the bolts.
Pry the bottom of the pressure plate assembly away from the flywheel.
When doing this, ensure that you pay attention.
The clutch disc and pressure plate will be removed together.
Evenly loosen the six flywheel to crankshaft retaining bolts.
Leave the top bolt installed a few turns until the very end.
This will allow the flywheel to be supported so you can remove it with ease.
Last but not least, remove the spacer plate from the dowels on the engine block.
You have successfully removed your T5 transmission.
Be sure and reference our clutch install video for the proper steps to get all of these components reinstalled.
Alright guys, a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when removing your T5.
Most of you are probably going to be doing this on jack stands so with that being said, be sure and get the car as high and as safe as you can.
Have on hand a decent set of tools, a transmission floor jack will make life a lot easier, and you may need an extra set of hands from a friend when doing this.
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