We temporarily installed a cross-brace above the engine bay, as shown in our photograph (at left), to take the weight of the engine and stop it dropping when it and the transmission assembly were detached from its mounting assembly. Before removing the bolts holding the gearbox to the engine, a trolley jack with a strong wood block on top was placed underneath the transmission assembly. This made the task of removing the transmission and re-installing it much easier, since the jack could take the weight, and precisely control the height, of the unit. It also helped when aligning the transmission with the engine on reassembly, ensuring the bolts holding the two units together could be lined up exactly and inserted in their apertures.
TAKE CARE: Ensure that you and any helpers are not situated directly beneath the heavy gearbox at any time, in case it should fall. For this job, there is no need to remove the anti-roll bar links from the vehicle. Avoid straining the front flexible hydraulic hoses and the ABS cables. Secure them out of the way using plain wire, strong string or rope. For safety and ease of working, ensure that you have another person available before carrying out all the required steps, especially when removing and refitting the heavy transmission assembly. When replacing the transmission to this Getz, three of us were involved, making the job quicker, easier and safer. When trying to line up the transmission with the engine, difficulties may be encountered if the splines on the gearbox first motion shaft are not fully aligned with those in the clutch driven plate. If you have a spare person available, it is helpful to get them to rotate the crankshaft a little in each direction – using a spanner to turn the crankshaft from the pulley end – until the two sets of splines align correctly. The transmission should then slide straight into the right position. When fitting the bolts that hold the clutch pressure plate assembly to the flywheel, tighten them a little at a time in diagonal sequence to the specified torque settings given in Important Data. The engine in this Getz has no crankshaft spigot bush or bearing. Once all parts are refitted to the car, don’t forget to refill the transmission with fresh oil to the correct specification.