Safety With Automatic Transmissions
Keep these 10 safety precautions in mind when working with automatic transmissions
1. When working on an automatic transmission, the
street rod must be supported on a hoist or hydraulic
lift. Always follow the correct procedure when lifting
a vehicle on the lift.
2. The automatic transmission housing is often used
as the rear support for the engine. Never remove
the automatic transmission without first adequately
supporting the rear of the engine of the street rod.
3. When you remove the automatic transmission, you
may spill ATF onto the floor from the rear of the
transmission. To eliminate any possibility of
slipping, wipe up any spilled fluid immediately.
4. The automatic transmission fluid operates above
the temperature of the cooling system. Be very
careful when checking the fluid when the street
rod has just been stopped. A serious burn could
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5. When disconnecting the torque converter from the
engine flywheel, the flywheel must be turned to
remove the bolts. Make sure to use the correct
tools or injury may result.
6. When installing gears, bearings, and gear shafts,
be careful not to pinch your fingers between the
part and the transmission housing.
7. When removing or installing snap rings, always
use a snap ring pliers. The snap rings have a
high degree of spring tension. If not installed with
the correct tool, they may fly off and cause a facial
8. At times it may be necessary to keep the street rod
engine running and in gear to test an automatic
transmission. Always make sure the emergency
brake is on and have another person in the
street rod with the brakes applied.
9. Always wear OSHA-approved safety glasses when
working on an automatic transmission.
10. Make sure to use the special tools that are
recommended for service on an automatic