Installing 4L60-E Transmission in Chevy Tahoe 5.3

Installing 4L60-E Transmission in Chevy Tahoe 5.3

 

Female speaker

Oh hell no.

Steve

Well hold on, you don’t do it alone.

Female speaker

I was trying to just lift my end darling.

Steve

All right. You’re ready?

Female speaker

Yeah.

Steve

1, 2, 3. All right. Okay. All right, plan B, let’s get it out of here.

Female speaker

What’s plan B?

Steve

Get it out of here. Are you ready? All right. Because the scissor jack was so tall we rolled it in, strapped it down a rolled it in on that and now we’ve got to side by side and just slid the transmission from one to the other and it was easy because we had three people, don’t do it alone. But we have three people. It’s not too shabby. So, here goes the transmission, get ready to go in. All right. We got to get a little greased up in the hole. I wonder if you can you see anything or not.

So, we’re gonna start with the transmission connections. I’m trying do them in the reverse order that I’d put them on but I don’t really remember exactly what that was. But I do know that this guy needs to go on here. So, I’ll start with that. So, I can see it or at least access it. I’ll go on there, the vent tube, the vent tube is already on, they are all the way one way on. Get him back to where he was right there. All right. One down, a bunch to go. All right. Now I’m trying to think of things that we can do while it’s on the ground which was all the stuff that was way up top. All right. So, we’ve got this guy right here which goes like this and he goes on like so and there was a heat shield on this side but I think we need to…. I think I need to get the hard transmission lines on before I do the heat shield.

All right, so the first connection that we made was…this is actually an O2 sensor that dangles way down but it goes way up above the transmission. So, we figured we’d take care of it now and it’s just a pretty simple one.

All right. We’ve done our measuring and I saw this little tip on another YouTube video where the guy put on some exhaust studs as a guide for the bell housing. So, I’m going to try the same thing. One above the [inaudible03:53] right there, one above the [inaudible03:55] right there. Hopefully this will help the bell housing on nice and straight.

Yeah, using the jack to get the transmission up into place. So far, the only thing that’s connected is the vent tube.

All right. The recommendation online that was awesome to use studs as guides to get the transmission on. That was the key to getting it on fairly easily. It was a bit of a struggle. The most important thing to remember is all your stuff up top. Just make sure you’re not squishing it or you’re going to want to get all this stuff out of the way so that you’re not squishing it up top. Watch those hard lines up there too. I’m on the driver’s side right now, on the passenger side you’ve also got the transmission coolant lines or the transmission cooler lines so you want to make sure that you’re not pinching those either. So, my recommendation is absolutely under no circumstances do this alone, have a second set of eyes or I think you will go crazy or you’re just really, really that good. If you’re that good then do it alone but even somebody who doesn’t know anything about cars can help you because you can’t see this side and the other side at the same time. So, those around finger type. Let’s see here, I got 6 out of 8 of them on and we’ll go from here.

So, way up there is the top bell housing stud. You need to go with the original stud because the rubber hose vent tubes get attached to it next. And that is number 7 and number 8, I can’t even find number 8 but that’s the top one and we’re using our and wrench to get into it from the side. Allow me to get to where you’re getting to torque it.

So, that’s the top bell housing bolt. That one is not a bolt or at least not on this particular engine. Then you’ve got another one, the 2 and you’ve got the one that holds the third one is also a stud. It’s one of the hardest ones to get to because it’s behind the transmission lines but it’s a stud because it holds the transmission dipstick tube. So, that’s the third one. And then you come down below and you start to get to some of the easier ones. Here’s number 4 at the bottom of the driver side. Yeah, 5, 6, 7. Did I just count 7? There’s an eighth one that we’re missing. I got to find the eight one. I’m at the driver’s side trying to find that eighth one this stupid heat shield is in our way. So, we’re 86ing the heat shield to get better access, to get our fingers on that bolt, that might actually help us with the [inaudible07:47]. So, that heat shield is 3.10 mm and it’s going bye, bye.

[00:07:55] All right. I aint going to lie getting that bracket that holds these vent tubes on the top bell housing boat was a pain in the ass. The only way we were able to do it was to come in from the side. I think I’ve shown you this view before. I’m looking in from the side of the block, on the passenger side with…. let me zoom out, all right zooming out. So, essentially with the wheel off, you can see wheels off taking this plastic wheel well, taking the plastic wheel well thing out made it pretty easy to get right in there. You go past the exhaust manifold. In addition to taking off the wheel well plastic cover thingy I also took off the heat shield and that gives you a whole almost like another inch here which is the difference between making it up here and not making it up here.

So, anyhow that’s how I got to the top bell housing bolt and was able to reach up in there and put that bracket on there and then get the 13 mm knot on there. So, it’s a stud with a 15 min the bracket then a 13mm knot so that’s it. All the bolts are on and we’re off to the next stop.