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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
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Put the torque converter on the transmission input shaft and then start the finangling. Once its lined up and bolted to the engine you can bolt the torque converter to the flywheel.
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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

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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
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Thanks for the input I had the torque converter nuts on the studs attached to the flex plate and the tran to engine bolts were done after that. I had all bolts and nuts on but when I tightened the engine to trans bolts I could feel something binding and the bolts got hard to turn

Can you crank the engine to trans bolts down all the way and still have clearance to spin the torque converter?
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if you cant spin the flywheel, then the torque converter is not seated properly. You need to have the tranny tightened up all the way when doing the torque converter nuts
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the torque converter studs need to be aligned before tightening the bellhousing bolts, you can not turn the converter after the trans bolts are tight...remove the trans and install the converter in it. make sure the pump isnt damaged from you trying to pull the converter into the pump because it very well could be.
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