by Matt on February 28, 2010
Tonight, with the help of my roommate and his dad, we reinstalled the motor and transmission.
For the most part everything went smoothly. I installed the front axles while the motor and transmission were a few inches from their final mounting points.
It took a lot of brute force to the get the motor and transmission aligned. A long pry bar helped as did loosening the transmission mount bolts.
Tips when installing the slave cylinder:
- There’s a metal clip on it, remove it temporarily while you’re installing the slave so you have more room to hold on to it
- Grease the slave boot and the hole in the tranny so it goes in easier.
- Insert the slave into the hole as straight as you can (it won’t go in straight because of the shifter assembly being in the way). When it’s in just enough for the slave’s piston to hit the fork use your free hand to wiggle the piston/boot. You should feel it in the fork. This way you’ll KNOW that it’s seated correctly. You can then begin to compress the slave and let go of the piston
- It’ll take some strength to get the piston fully compressed, get a good angle for your hand.
Some other notes:
- I did not use new gaskets on the axles & drive shaft. They are a huge pain to get aligned correctly without ruining. I don’t think they’re totally necessary and was told by an Audi tech to not bother with them. If they leak I’ll deal with it in the future.
And it’s in: