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JFairman JFairman is offline
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There's a real easy way to lock the gears from turning.

Engage a gear set with the gear selector rod like you normally would from inside the car. Remove the inspection cover on the bottom side of the transaxle, it's held on with four 13mm nuts.

Use a pry bar or big screwdriver to slide the other synchro unit slider over to engage another gear sets selector teeth so two different gear sets are engaged at the same time. This is real easy, only takes a few minutes to do, and doesn't hurt anything. All you're doing is selecting two different gear sets at the same time so the gears and shafts can't turn.

When you're done reach in there with the big screwdriver or pry bar and slide the synchro sliders back into the neutral position in between two gear sets where they are not engaged with any selector teeth.

Put the inspection cover with it's steel shift rod guide fork in the proper position back on with a new paper gasket and some kind of gasket sealer.

If the cast aluminum inspection cover mounting surface is warped or not perfectly flat possibly from being over tightened in the past a thick layer of RTV silicone gasket sealer or something similar on the paper gasket will keep it from leaking gearbox oil.
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