Originally Posted by Roy Sheldon
I have a 1999 ranger 2wd that I am changing the motor in. My question is do you bolt the torque converter to the flywheel first or put it on the end of the transmission shaft. I am trying to put it together like a chevy and it's not working. The nub on the torque converter needs to go into the back of the flywheel along with lining up the torque converter bolts and engine to trans bolts. This seems impossible but sometimes if you don't put the torque converter on it can damage the trans pump any help out there
I literally just replaced a tranny in a 2000 2wd (same thing if you have the 4 cylinder) ranger two weeks ago! Stand the tranny on its end, then place torque converter in it. Then spin the converter until it drops. then spin it some more and it should drop again. It should drop two or three times. Then CAREFULLY place it on jack as not to disturb it. Then take and alighn the bolts on the converter with the holes on the flywheel while its up in air. To do this you have to do it with the tranny in line with its mounting holes. now mate the two making sure everything is lighed up. then bolt tranny on. Now comes the fun part, you have to work through the hole where the starter goes...
We found it best to use a "L" shaped screwdriver (We made it...lol) and then use that to pull the converter towards the fllywheel. then take and put on bolt. Now take a big ratchet and tirn the crank pully to turn the flywheel until you see the next torque converter bolt and put nut on it and so on with the other two. that is how you do it.
if you have any questions pm me and i will give you my number and you can call
replace torque converter seal if you havnt already
Almost all bolts are 13mm with exception to the torque converter nuts, they are 14mm.
The bolts holding tranny to crossmember are 3/4"
As stated above, while spinning the converter into the tranny, it should drop 2-3 times. When it is fully in place, there should be 2" from face of converter to outside edge of bellhousing