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1998 dodge dakota: the manual transmission..rear wheel drive

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Besides a new transmission, what additional items are needed to replace the manual transmission on a 1998 dodge dakota rear wheel drive?

All you are really going to need for sure is fluid. You'll want to drain and fill it when you install it. It's not a bad idea to get a clutch kit at the same time. With that many miles you have to be close to needing a clutch if you have't replaced it already. The kit will come with a pressure plate and disc, and will normally come with a throwout bearing and a pilot bearing.


There is not really much to have someone check on a manual trans. There is nothing you can really see from outside without taking it apart. You shouldn't have much problem with the replacement, they are pretty good transmissions.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
My father and I are doing the replacement, and while he is fairly experienced with this type of work, is there any type of "surprises" that we should be on the lookout for with this type of vehicle and about how long should it take to replace the transmission/.

No, there won't be any surprises. You will find the replacement very easy, it only takes a couple hours on a hoist. If you let me know if its a two wheel drive or four I can get you the instructions.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
This is a two wheel drive truck...Thanks for all your help, as this will save me a lot of stress.



  1. Disconnect battery negative cable.
  2. Shift transmission into Neutral.
  3. Remove floor console.
  4. Remove screws attaching shift boot to floorpan. Then slide boot upward on lever extension.
  5. Remove shift lever extension.
  6. Raise and support vehicle.
  7. Mark propeller shaft and axle yoke for alignment reference. Use paint, scriber, or chalk to mark yokes.
  8. Remove propeller shaft.
  9. Disconnect and remove exhaust system Y-pipe.
  10. Disconnect wires at backup light switch.
  11. Support engine with adjustable safety stand and wood block.
  12. If transmission is to be disassembled for repair, remove drain plug and drain lubricant from transmission.
  13. Remove bolts/nuts attaching transmission to rear mount.
  14. Support transmission with a transmission jack. Secure transmission to jack with safety chains.
  15. Remove rear crossmember.
  16. Remove bolts attaching clutch slave cylinder to clutch housing. Then move cylinder aside for working clearance.
  17. Remove starter.
  18. Remove transmission dust shield.
  19. Remove transmission harness wires from clips on transmission shift cover.
  20. Lower transmission slightly.
  21. Remove shift tower and lever assembly.
  22. Remove bolts attaching transmission to engine.
  23. Slide transmission and jack rearward until input shaft clears clutch disc.
  24. Lower transmission jack and remove transmission from under vehicle.


  1. Apply light coat of Mopar® high temperature bearing grease to contact surfaces of following components:
    • input shaft splines and pilot bearing hub.
    • release bearing slide surface of front retainer.
    • pilot bearing.
    • release bearing bore.
    • release fork.
    • release fork ball stud.
    • propeller shaft slip yoke.
  2. Apply sealer to threads of drain plug and install plug in case.
  3. Mount transmission on jack and position transmission under vehicle.
  4. Raise transmission until input shaft is centered in clutch disc hub.
  5. Move transmission forward and start input shaft in clutch disc and pilot bushing.
  6. Work transmission forward until seated against engine. Do not allow transmission to remain unsupported after input shaft has entered clutch disc.
  7. Install and tighten transmission-to-engine bolts to 108 N·m (80 ft. lbs.) torque.
  8. Install clutch slave cylinder.
  9. Install transmission dust shield.
  10. Install starter.
  11. Connect backup light switch wires.
  12. Fill transmission with recommended lubricant. Correct fill level is bottom edge of fill plug hole.
  13. Install shift tower and lever assembly.
  14. Position transmission harness wires in clips on shift cover.
  15. Install transmission mount on transmission or rear crossmember.
  16. Install rear crossmember.
  17. Remove transmission jack and engine support fixture.
  18. Align and install propeller shaft.
  19. Lower vehicle.
  20. Install shift lever extension.
  21. Install shift boot.
  22. Install floor console.
  23. Connect battery negative cable.





Here is the clutch replacement.



  1. Clean flywheel surface with solvent. Scuff sand surface with 120/180 grit emery cloth to remove minor scratches and glazing.
  2. Check new clutch disc for runout and free operation on input shaft splines.
  3. Lubricate crankshaft pilot bearing with Mopar® high temperature bearing grease, or equivalent.
  4. Position clutch disc to flywheel.
  5. Insert alignment tool or spare input shaft through clutch disc and into pilot bearing
  6. Verify that disc hub is positioned correctly. Side of hub marked "Flywheel Side" should face flywheel
  7. Position clutch cover over disc and on flywheel.
  8. Install all clutch cover bolts finger tight.
  9. Tighten cover bolts evenly (and in rotation) a few threads at a time. Cover bolts must be tightened evenly and to specified torque to avoid distorting cover.
  10. Tighten clutch cover bolts to following torque:
    • 2.5L bolts to 28 N·m (250 in. lbs.)
    • 5/16 in. diameter bolts to 23 N·m (17 ft. lbs.)
    • 3/8 in. diameter bolts to 41 N·m (30 ft. lbs.)
  11. Apply light coat of Mopar® high temperature bearing grease to splines of transmission input shaft and to release bearing slide surface of front bearing retainer. Do not overlubricate shaft splines. This could result in grease contamination of disc.
  12. Install transmission and clutch housing as assembly.
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