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Old 09-20-2015, 05:11 PM   #1
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Hello, new here hoping for some advice. Im trying to pull the 4.2L V6 motor out of a 99 f150. Trouble is the transmission wont let go. I have the bolts out as well as the flex plate bolts out. Theres about a half inch showing on the dowl pins and the flexplate is pulling away from the torque coverter. However every time i try to lift it it yanks on the transmission...what am i missing why wont this break loose?
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Might be a weird question but did you remove the starter?
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Did you remove all the bolts holding the flex plate to the converter? There should be 4 if i remember correctly. As it was stated, was the starter removed also? And your sure all the bolts holding the tranny to the engine block were removed as well? I'm assuming you removed the drive shaft as well, that's required to allow the tranny to slide back enough, if not the slip spline bottoms out inside the tails shaft of the tranny before it gets back far enough.

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I had a similar problem, turns out I missed a bolt on the passenger side about half way up the tranny right behind the exhaust manifold. Also, the torque converter will want to come out with the engine, so make sure you keep it mated to the tranny otherwise it is going to drop with a big thud! A long pry bar will help keep it from coming with the flex plate. Good luck, and it was easier going in than coming out, at least for me.
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Also the starter has 3 bolts if you've never pulled it before .When you put it back on the two easiest bolts will hold it on there good. Trust me I talked to a very trusted Ford tech when I called him bitching about the third bolt and he said the third bolt wasn't needed that two was plenty.
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The 4.2L V6 only has two starter bolts.
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Ah ok. My 5.4 has 3.. go figure. It's a PITA
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