transmission swap update

John S. Lagnese jlagnese at
Fri Apr 25 16:37:27 PDT 2008

I finally got the transmission out!! It was about 1.5 days. I couldn't get 
the downpipe off at first. It turned out that I was afraid of breaking it, 
no doubt a very expensive mistake, and so did take it off. I took out the 
airbox which was a job! This was to remove the heat shield so I could get my 
hand in to the smaller lower inside nut on the exhaust pipe. As suggested by 
Alan, a stubby 15mm worked. The seat belt cable was also a PITA. The 
(useless)Bentley suggested by removing one bolt I could remove the cable. As 
usual the Bentley oversimplified. I had to take off all 4 hex bolts on the 
top and released the cable.
I'm taking the weekend off. The Audi will sit on jackstands until later.
Any tips on lining up the tranny during the installation? Isit just hit and 
miss? When I changed the tranny on my 83 4K it was a lengthy procedure.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <alancordeiro at>
To: "John S. Lagnese" <jlagnese at>
Cc: <200q20v at>
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: transmission swap

> John,
> I did mine like probably already know this, but  just in case, 
> the engine+transmission needs to be tilted to allow the transmission to 
> point downwards. Support the transmission on something (transmission 
> jack?) as you remove the transmission mounts. Gently allow it to come 
> downwards.
> Wait till the trans is tilted downwards to remove the shift linkage, and 
> the seat belt tightening cable.  ( it has a fancy name I can't recall 
> right now.)
> The clutch slave will come off along with its hose, tie it up out of the 
> way, no need to separate the hose, else you will have to bleed it.
> Support the engine from the front, at the front engine hoist bolt, (close 
> to the steering pump). If you do not do this, it will try and incline 
> forwards, puts a whole lot of tension as you remove the transmission bolts 
> and try and separate the engine and transmission. (You will need this as 
> well as you try and put the transmission back on).
> Its bit snug to ease the transmission out past the Y-pipe, but it can be 
> done. Removing the Y-pipe makes it easier!!
> Alan
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "John S. Lagnese" <jlagnese at>
> To: <200q20v at>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:12 PM
> Subject: transmission swap
>> Hi,
>> I'm in the process of trying to change my 5 speed tranny in my 91 200 TQ
>> 20V. I wasted quite a while trying to take off the exhaust downpipe to no
>> avail. I couldn't get a wrench or socket on the nuts ahead of the "y" by 
>> the
>> exhaust manifold. I just disconnected the cats back. Does this give 
>> enough
>> room? Anything else I should be careful about or aware of?
>> Thanks,
>> John
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