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Old 11-14-2006, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys, ive got a 94 toyota camry 4cyl. Does anyone know the best way to take the tranny out. I need to replace the rear main seal. I was thinking either, the crossmember needs to be dropped down or i could try to slide the engine to the passengers side and drop the tranny down. Any help would really be appreciated. Thanks -Rob
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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come on guys, no one knows?
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Old 11-15-2006, 06:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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From reading the Toyota manual online and my Haynes manual, the removal via the bottom would require removing the entire subframe, as it looks to be in one piece. Then, you'd have to hold up the engine and steering rack somehow. As for from above, I've been told that it's much easier to pull the engine and tranny together, which the only way I've done it. While they're both out, not only could you replace the rear main seal, but you have great access to the front as well, so you can check your timing belt, water pump, etc. And, with everything out, you can give the engine bay a good cleaning, as well as the engine and tranny.

And, reading other threads, taking just the transmission out is possible, but it seems a lot of extra effort and trouble trying to get it lined up and back in without much cursing and stuff
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^ what he said...if you're doing it yourself, get an engine hoist and take the tranny out with the engine and then part them

unless you have a lot of cinder blocks to get the car up to drop the subframe...
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Alright, thanks guys.
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Just drop the subframe, only takes an extra thirty to forty minutes. Probably less if you've worked on Camrys before.

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Just drop the subframe, only takes an extra thirty to forty minutes. Probably less if you've worked on Camrys before.

I have a question....looks like you just unbolted the sub frame except for the front and let it hang down, is that the easier way?

and are you supporting the engine in it's original position with the hoist

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So, I recently just installed a newer transmission on my 1992 Camry. I do not believe the transmission i installed had pre-existing problems. The torque converter was/is working because it still moved the car with the old tranny.

I fired the car up and the motor ran well. I could not hear any gear grinding etc. I shifted into reverse, and........ nothing. I rev'd the motor up to 4 grand and nothing. Same thing happens when its in D, 2 or L.

When I put the newer transmission in, i left the torque converter on the engine and installed like that. My friend told me I should never install an Auto tran like that. He told me i most likely broke the transmission oil pump.

I do not believe this is a linkage problem.

Does anyone out there know what the problem could be? Id like to hear some other options before a remove the transmission.
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The linkage is purely Black / White function. It turns the shaft that the NSS slides onto and is all Hydraulically controlled. You move the shifter up or down it pushes or pulls the Shaft, making it turn. Linkage will never be a problem unless your bushings for the linkage are worn out. But even then your shifter would just be very sloppy, but still function. What year was the transmission you swapped in there? 92-94 will work correctly, but 95-96 will NOT work.

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Transmission touble after torque converter seal replacement. Please advise!

Keep note of the first Posting. It lists what your hydraulic pressures should be and tests you should run
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I got the transmission from a 93 camry, same engine type. Im wondering if the old transmission through a bunch of metal in the tranny lines and has plugged them up. would that cause this problem?
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Run a hydraulic pressure test, and solenoid test to confirm that your pressures are correct and solenoids are working properly
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Bumpin because I have a question about this.

The torque converter seal is leaking on my 98. My brother in law has a 97 that needs a timing belt, I'm going to do the timing belt on his, and he's gonna let us drive that while I pull the transmission on my 98. I'm gonna do the engine rear seal while I'm in there. It's gonna be a few months until I do all this though.

I've seen videos and pictures on how to drop the transmission out the bottom, and also how to take the engine and transmission out the top.

My question is... could a person just drop that whole sub frame, keep the wheels, suspension, engine and transmission on it, and roll the whole lot out from under? Assuming you could lift the car high enough?
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yes, you can....a number of ppl on the forum have done it.

not my personal option since I'm a fan of pulling out the top, but it can definitely be done that way
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Yes. But the whole "lifting the car high enough" is easier said than done. Then you still gotta pull the trans off. Take it from me, take the hood off and pull the engine/trans together out the top. then pull them apart. So much easier. Promise.
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Yeah, prolly gonna take it out the top too, just curious mostly. If someone had some heavy equipment it could work
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