13 speed Shifter removal

Discussion in 'Heavy Duty Diesel Truck Mechanics Forum' started by Handy, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. Handy

    Handy Bobtail Member

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    I can’t remove the bolt connecting the shifter to the tower in my 386 Pete. Is there a trick? It won’t budge!!
     
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  3. lester

    lester Road Train Member

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    Years of dust dirt and corrosion. Bigger wrench or try some heat. Maybe pull the whole tower off and work on the bench rather than standing on your head in the truck
     
  4. Handy

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    Lol. Ok. I’ve got it in the vice and turned it cherry red but it’s not going to budge. I didn’t check for joint play prior to heating it so I’m not sure if I damaged it or not. I’m going to trim bolt down flush with shifter and try to punch it out or drill it out. Try and save shifter tower. Thanks.
     
  5. lester

    lester Road Train Member

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    Yeah hope I didn't lead you astray with the heat, but the few I've worked on were pretty simple. Just take the bolt out and go. Hope it's not something different
     
  6. Handy

    Handy Bobtail Member

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    I had it in the vise last night before posting this thread. The beating this bolt is taking…
     
  7. Handy

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    Got it out!! Soaking it over night and a BIG hammer. The shifter has a rubber sleeve inserted in bottom that got toasted by torch and will need to be replaced.
     
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  8. jason6541

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    Anti seize is your friend at reassembly
     
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