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Old 09-23-2008, 08:35 AM   #2
Tool Pants
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This is a problem with 1997s. The mounting studs for the transmission go into sheet metal which flexes. I once saw a car where the transmission was on an angle because the sheet metal was bent. I could not even get to the top nuts to remove the transmission because the sheet metal was so bent.

My local dealership mechanics send the car out to a body shop to have the mounting area reinforced. I have never see the work done so I do not know how it is done.

If you have this done then see if you can take some pictures.
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