How to remove transmission cooler lines - Chevy Impala SS Forum
Impala SS Forum
Go Back   Chevy Impala SS Forum > 91-96 Impala/B-body > Engine Problems/Maintenance
New User? Register - Forgot Password

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-18-2012, 07:05 PM
b_strac b_strac is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Philadelphia area
Posts: 63
b_strac
Default How to remove transmission cooler lines

When I replaced my rad the lower trans cooler was just a big pile of rust. Needless to say I destroyed what was left of it getting it out. I followed the line back to where it attaches to the transmission.....Is there a trick to getting it disconnected on that end? I can barely see or touch the line and i don't see how i'm getting a wrench on there.
__________________
1976 Corvette - sold
1994 Z28 - sold
1996 Impala SS - sold
1977 corvette - sold
1999 Trans Am - sold
1996 Impala SS - got it
1992 Corvette - sold it
beater 2007 Colorado - got it
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 09-18-2012, 11:32 PM
96 Black 96 Black is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 4,927
96 Black is an unknown quantity at this point
Default About The Hardest Part Of Replacing A Transmission

Yah, I sure that part of a tranny job, too. I've done it several times, but always as part of an R&R. I recall connecting and tightening just before raising to final position to install CXmember. In any case I would NEVER try it without a full complement of tube wrenches, box-ends, crescents, --- and patience.

As much extra work as it sounds, you might maybe want to think about dropping the tranny an inch to access everything easier. Sure beats the hell out of crossthreading something or buggering up stuff to where it's a permanent leaker eh.
__________________

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Oh Bob, It's So Big And Long!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
\'96 BBB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, SLP SS, 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear)
\'95 FTSS: total mono gray, SSRI, Anthony tune, Aero catback/H/resonators, SS bars and coils, Hotchkis LCAs, Bilsteins/Airlift 1000, NL rear discs
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 09-19-2012, 07:24 AM
SAH62's Avatar
SAH62 SAH62 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 299
SAH62 has a little shameless behaviour in the past
Default

IIRC that factory service manual suggests removing the catalytic converter to gain access to the fittings. That job presents its own challenges, though.
__________________
Scott Hollenbeck
Administrator, Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Registry
Owner, Muscle Car Research LLC
1995 DGGM Chevrolet Impala SS (original owner!)
1970 Calypso Coral 428 CJ Mach 1 Mustang
2006 Dodge Charger SRT8
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 09-19-2012, 08:22 AM
Henry '06 Henry '06 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 1,096
Henry '06 is on a distinguished road
Default

5/8 crows foot wrech, get it from Lowes. Couple extensions and wobblers/flex adapters.
__________________
1995 9c1 Impala Clone
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 09-19-2012, 08:23 AM
b_strac b_strac is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Philadelphia area
Posts: 63
b_strac
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 96 Black View Post
As much extra work as it sounds, you might maybe want to think about dropping the tranny an inch to access everything easier.
Ugh, really...just to replace a cooler line?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SAH62 View Post
IIRC that factory service manual suggests removing the catalytic converter to gain access to the fittings. That job presents its own challenges, though.
Since my cats have 122k miles on them and have never been touched my next post may be "how to remove rusted on converter".

I remember there being a way to just replace the aluminum piece that goes into the rad. I'll start doing a form search on that. I dont know how to do it, but there's no way its any harder than lowering the trans or removing the cat
__________________
1976 Corvette - sold
1994 Z28 - sold
1996 Impala SS - sold
1977 corvette - sold
1999 Trans Am - sold
1996 Impala SS - got it
1992 Corvette - sold it
beater 2007 Colorado - got it
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 09-19-2012, 08:24 AM
b_strac b_strac is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Philadelphia area
Posts: 63
b_strac
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Henry '06 View Post
5/8 crows foot wrech, get it from Lowes. Couple extensions and wobblers/flex adapters.
Do you know if there's enough room to get my hand in there to thread the new part on? I don't want to cross thread anything.
__________________
1976 Corvette - sold
1994 Z28 - sold
1996 Impala SS - sold
1977 corvette - sold
1999 Trans Am - sold
1996 Impala SS - got it
1992 Corvette - sold it
beater 2007 Colorado - got it
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 09-19-2012, 11:52 AM
Mdtrooper314 Mdtrooper314 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Washington D.C.
Posts: 2,467
Mdtrooper314 has a little shameless behaviour in the past
Send a message via AIM to Mdtrooper314
Default

Im glad you made this post. I made a post like this in the drivetrain section and not much help except for one decent soul..lol I knew I would get more feed back from here though. I have been looking for info on this for the past two weeks. The fittings at the trans on my both of my trans lines are leaking. I am looking to recreate another set of lines with new fittings while adding braided lines to the mix.. from my understanding to get to the lines you will have to drop the crossmember and lower the trans a bit..smh..some say you dont have to remove the cats..Im definitely not trying to do that. There is no room up there at all to put a wrench or your your hands for that matter..Crows foot might work though..but I dont see how with no room to turn..
__________________

"Every new check I deposit is just another mod in the closet!"
OG INC Founder from Day 1

R.I.P. Preston Medley
R.I.P. Lil Dave
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy Impala SS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
(c) 2007-2014 Impala SS Forum