Did I do harm by removing skid plate without supporting transmission?

GregAusTex

Member
Oct 18, 2018
41
Austin, Texas
As title says, I pulled the skid plated from under the transmission without realizing that it was more than a shield, and supporting the transmission.

It sat for several days as I was taking care of some frame rust and rust on the plate itself. It has just been sitting, not moved at all and not put in gear.

Now that I went to look at it after seeing a post mentioning supporting the tranny, the drive train was sagging noticeably. I don't recall seeing this when I first pulled the plate, but I suppose it could have. So now I have supports under where the small bolts are.

Is it likely anything has been damaged?
 

TJ Hunnicutt

TJ Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Apr 5, 2018
631
Texas, USA
If anything, you may have damaged your motor mounts...and it may be really difficult to tell. If you plan on doing any off-roading, I'd throw a set of M.O.R.E. motor mounts onto the "to do" list.
 

PJOJeep

2000 TJ Since New
Supporting Member
Jan 31, 2019
40
Northern Illinois
In addition to the above, there is a shifter pivot for the transfer case on the drivers side of the tunnel that may be damaged. There is a replacement cable kit eliminates this, I’m considering installing one to replace the cheap drop bracket that came with my transfer case lowering kit.
 

Jerry Bransford

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Nov 9, 2015
10,276
Escondido California
As title says, I pulled the skid plated from under the transmission without realizing that it was more than a shield, and supporting the transmission.

It sat for several days as I was taking care of some frame rust and rust on the plate itself. It has just been sitting, not moved at all and not put in gear.

Now that I went to look at it after seeing a post mentioning supporting the tranny, the drive train was sagging noticeably. I don't recall seeing this when I first pulled the plate, but I suppose it could have. So now I have supports under where the small bolts are.

Is it likely anything has been damaged?
Probably not since you weren't driving around like that.
 
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picketpin

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May 11, 2017
22
bozone Montana
Check to see how the transfer case shifts as in the above posts, you're probably ok otherwise.. I'll third the cable transfer case shift cable, it is wonderful.
 
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GregAusTex

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Oct 18, 2018
41
Austin, Texas
Rust removal and treatment is done and everything is put back together. Motor mounts and wiring harness look good, test drive felt fine. Apparently no harm done.
 
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levienoch

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Mar 25, 2019
2
Gainesville Florida
I have a Jeep th 05. I also removed the skid plate and didn’t support the transmission. I only had it like that for 6 hours max while hearing a post mentioning it. I panicked and put it back. Didn’t remove the y pipe and need to drop oil pan for rear main seal can it be done with the y puppie in place?