How to Replace a Transmission (Full DIY Guide)

  • Published: 01 January 2019
  • Transmission removal, replacement, and installation. Learn how to remove a transmission so you can replace your clutch or flywheel, or so you can rebuild your transmission and install a new one in your car or truck.

    In this video I show you the 10 simple steps on how to replace a transmission. I am doing this on a rear wheel drive 98 Mustang but the process is very similar on other rear wheel drive, front wheel drive, and even automatic cars and trucks. Each detailed step will allow you to learn how to remove a transmission yourself so you can replace a clutch, flywheel, rear main seal, throw out bearing, pilot bearing, or just swap transmissions.

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Comments • 14 221

  • ChrisFix
    ChrisFix   11 months back

    To answer the most common questions in the comments section:
    1.) Quality videos like this take a lot of time to produce. This and the next took me over 300hrs.
    2.) Follow me on Instagram "ChrisFixit" for daily updates and tips and tricks.
    3.) The exhaust on the car is the performance exhaust, just used on the track.
    4.) The speedometer is fine... it spun all the way around at the last drift event and I havent had a chance to take the gauge cluster out and push it back to the other side of the peg.
    5.) The other red Mustang is from this video:

    • Andre Wilson
      Andre Wilson  10 hours back

      Where did you get the transmission from . Want know cause im rebuilding my 2001 mustang gt

    • Tom Terrica
      Tom Terrica  4 days back

      Thanks, Chris. Excellent.

    • Oscar Cooke
      Oscar Cooke  1 months back

      Hi I don't know if you read these with so many viewers. I have a 69 Nova with a 500 hp 383. I got sick and can't work on it anymore. It needs a new wiring harness, which I have. I live in Costa Rica. I have my dream car and can't do the work. Maybe some would like to visit the country. I have all the tools and room in my house. They could have a great vacation and help me with my car. Hope to hear form you. Great vidios...

    • Mig Vill
      Mig Vill  2 months back

      Hey @ChrisFix my truck has a transfer case do I have to take out the transfer case to take out the transmission?

    • MBISOM89 axw
      MBISOM89 axw  2 months back

      @Spencer Brown I wish he engine rip down how to take it out and had to put it back I tell you this guy is amazing person on cars

    PRIZM CMYK  5 hours back

    In reality, 99.9% of viewer can't remove a trans, this is pro level mechanic stuff.

    • Ishaq Khan
      Ishaq Khan  8 hours back

      Anyone wanna replace my CVT in my Altima to a 10 speed automatic???

      • ITZ Pete
        ITZ Pete  17 hours back


        Chris Fix’s blood type: Medium strength threadlocker

        • ITZ Pete
          ITZ Pete  17 hours back

          Thank you Chris fix for thinking this joke was funny 😂 also I'm a really big fan

        • ChrisFix
          ChrisFix   17 hours back


      • Cameron Townsend
        Cameron Townsend  3 days back

        Was the driveshaft marked already or did you mark it? You did not mention that when you removed it.

        • Problox
          Problox  3 days back

          CAN you make a another video of a different vehicle?

          • Krists Cizevics
            Krists Cizevics  4 days back

            its 01:31, i stopped following after the first 0:30 seconds, but damn this was satisfying to watch :)

            • Boris Cirneciu
              Boris Cirneciu  4 days back

              Guys I think a car shouldn’t need a negative. Battery cable because of how much it’s removed

            • Mārtiņš Indāns
              Mārtiņš Indāns  5 days back

              Susan sees 25:06

              Susan: *demonetised*

              • Alan Gutierrez
                Alan Gutierrez  6 days back

                Hello Chris I got a question for you, my son started to work and saved his money tio buy his car, well he ended up getting a Nissan Altima and it turns out that the car broke down it's showing that the transmission went out it has a cvt transmission is there any way that you can share with us what you know about that kind of transmission thank you hope tio hear from you soon and thank you for your time

                • LordZeusCannon
                  LordZeusCannon  6 days back

                  would you recommend the average joe to do this vs taking it in to a certified transmission shop

                  • sstrick500
                    sstrick500  6 days back

                    Up next: How to replace the #3 booster of the Space Shuttle.

                    • MXM PTM
                      MXM PTM  7 days back

                      10:04 the boys when november ends

                      • ZeclistionA
                        ZeclistionA  7 days back

                        Why i saw you have 2 mustang

                        • ChrisFix
                          ChrisFix   7 days back

                          Here is why:

                      • Bozsó Balázs
                        Bozsó Balázs  7 days back

                        This guy buys medium strenght thread locker like we buy milk.

                        • KDK Vs NATIONAL and others

                          Your speedometer is not working

                          • Marko Grizelj
                            Marko Grizelj  1 weeks back

                            Hey Chris, did the transmission mount couse soo mouch play in input shaft?

                            • Chad Wyatt
                              Chad Wyatt  1 weeks back

                              should all of this be done in neutral or in gear. specifically, the gear shifter part, when putting the same trans back in?

                              • Aaron Schilling
                                Aaron Schilling  1 weeks back

                                You're the man, Chris. Making it look so simple!

                                • Skylar Zahursky
                                  Skylar Zahursky  1 weeks back

                                  Chris what was the legit time of this repair?

                                  • Veni Vidi Vici
                                    Veni Vidi Vici  1 weeks back

                                    I’ve learned that Chris has a huge family judging by the amount of cars in the driveway.

                                    • miickey505
                                      miickey505  1 weeks back

                                      Beautiful job...

                                      • callmebutterboss
                                        callmebutterboss  1 weeks back

                                        Where do you send off your transmission to be rebuilt anyways ?

                                        • ZoruaZorroark
                                          ZoruaZorroark  1 weeks back

                                          i noticed you have strawberry sauce instead of the lemon syrup for the transmission. i just thought it strange cause of the type of transmission

                                          • SideKick Studios
                                            SideKick Studios  1 weeks back

                                            oh man, i wish there was a tutorial by ChrisFix on how to do this on an Audi A8 d2.

                                            • Basel Kamel
                                              Basel Kamel  1 weeks back

                                              because i see it in the background

                                              • Basel Kamel
                                                Basel Kamel  1 weeks back

                                                is he working on the mustang or what

                                                • Virginia Haynes
                                                  Virginia Haynes  1 weeks back

                                                  Fix do car

                                                  • Joe electronic schematics for auto

                                                    Your photography is amazing and your explanation is also amazing you are the epic of automotive mechanics I wish my channel would get so many subscribers like you but you give a detailed report of what you doing and show everything clearly

                                                    • محمد الدباس
                                                      محمد الدباس  1 weeks back

                                                      Really a very great channel.

                                                      • Fernando Anorve
                                                        Fernando Anorve  1 weeks back

                                                        It would be nice to see how to replace a CVT belt for a car that has it and also what issues will it have.
                                                        Currently the dealership wants to charge $2,000 to replace it, but im not sure to much on it.
                                                        this one would be great for us Nissan owners especially.

                                                      • vik vik
                                                        vik vik  1 weeks back

                                                        He has to mustangs at 0:08

                                                        • Derik Nguyen
                                                          Derik Nguyen  1 weeks back


                                                          • Derik Nguyen
                                                            Derik Nguyen  1 weeks back

                                                            Roses are red, violets are blue, Christie is cool and good, and so are you.😏

                                                          • Ian Shoults
                                                            Ian Shoults  2 weeks back

                                                            I replaced a transmission with my friend on the ground with hand tools and jacks. Totally regret it. Took many nights and weekends. Pay a professional to do it!

                                                            • ACxGamez
                                                              ACxGamez  2 weeks back

                                                              We have an imposter

                                                              • ACxGamez
                                                                ACxGamez  2 weeks back

                                                                @ChrisFix The driftstang in front and a differnt mustang behind it

                                                              • ChrisFix
                                                                ChrisFix   2 weeks back

                                                                What do you mean?

                                                            • Tomas Loparnik
                                                              Tomas Loparnik  2 weeks back

                                                              25:08 looks like blood ngl

                                                              • ChrisFix
                                                                ChrisFix   2 weeks back

                                                                Never thought about it like that lol

                                                            • Kevin V.
                                                              Kevin V.  2 weeks back

                                                              So many great tips! Thank you for your amazing video's!

                                                              • Derek Nguyen
                                                                Derek Nguyen  2 weeks back

                                                                are this universal step for automatic cars?
                                                                I have a rear main seal leak for my Camry

                                                                • Derek Nguyen
                                                                  Derek Nguyen  2 weeks back

                                                                  @ChrisFix but the tools are pretty much the same right? would u also recommend replace the parts inside the tranny as well while i have easy access? i also need a front suspension complete rebuild, both of my strut tower is gone

                                                                • ChrisFix
                                                                  ChrisFix   2 weeks back

                                                                  It's going to be different for each car!

                                                              • John Larson
                                                                John Larson  2 weeks back

                                                                His spedo wasn’t working at the end :(

                                                                • Leandro Ruelas
                                                                  Leandro Ruelas  2 weeks back

                                                                  You have 2 mustangs

                                                                  • Plastic Bag
                                                                    Plastic Bag  2 weeks back

                                                                    My friends jeep's transmission got completely destroyed. he showed me some pictures, and my god it looked like shit.

                                                                    • Dboy D
                                                                      Dboy D  2 weeks back

                                                                      MAN nice video.

                                                                      • natalean games
                                                                        natalean games  2 weeks back

                                                                        am i tripping or does he have other mustang behind him

                                                                        • Phelan Christopher
                                                                          Phelan Christopher  2 weeks back

                                                                          I think family Guy has used your likeness....there's a guy they have called Corey. He's a YouTube personality that starts his videos "Hey guys, I'm Corey." You should check him out

                                                                          • HammerDown Trucker
                                                                            HammerDown Trucker  2 weeks back


                                                                            • Ian Rivera
                                                                              Ian Rivera  2 weeks back

                                                                              There are two mustangs at 2:50

                                                                              • Harry Potter
                                                                                Harry Potter  2 weeks back

                                                                                Hey Chris! I figure this is the right video. So, how do gear ratios work?