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Hi I was wondering how hard it is to remove and install a 1992 Cadillac Deville Transmission. It is the 4t60-E transmission. I had replaced the radiator and the transmission cooler broke and contaminated the transmission fluid. So I was told a new transmission would be needed. I am most likely going to pull a used one because I am not looking for something long term since it rarely gets driven. I am wondering what you have to do to install it and remove it. I was told you have to lift the engine and then remove the subframe to get the transmisson out. Thanks for any advice.

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Hello,
Well, since there is nothing to lose here other than the flush, I would suggest getting the car towed to a place capable of flushing the transmission fluid and see if that will fix you up.
This car is far too old to put a new transmission in.
Your question about replacement is very wise since it appears that you have never partaken on this type of adventure and you ask questions first.
Since I am not at the vehicle to access the damage to the transmission from coolant, I will only offer another suggestion on the flush. Instead of replacing with Dexron III consider installing Ford type F fluid. Ford fluid causes the transmission clutches to grip better in this type of situation. This is not a guaranteed fix, but if you could get extra mileage out of the transmission, why not try it?
I attempt to assist people to save money and repair their own vehicles. In this case however it appears that you are not familiar with what is entailed. What you were told about the cradle is correct. The front suspension has to come apart and more. A very labor intensive job. Not only that, but you need the brace to support the engine. This is a massive job for a novice without the required equipment and tools. That is why I suggest trying to see if a transmission fluid flush works. Its not an everyday car.
If you end up with a used trans, many junk yards do installation. Call around as well as transmission rebuilders.
Now, if you go the flush route first, keep in mind that the cost for fluid will not be cheap because the lines, the trans and the converter will need replacement fluid which could be higher than 15 quarts.
The use of Ford fluid we have used as a bandaid in situations like this and when the trans was slipping and by no means is recommended, but it worked for us in a situation like yours and it totally depends on how much coolant residue will be left on the clutches.
Let me know what you end up doing.
Good Luck!



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Alarm system questions cannot be answered on this forum. These systems are not what I can answer. Without being physically at the vehicle and not knowing what kind of electrical service has been done on the vehicle, there is no possible way to give an accurate answer over the internet. My expertise is in Ignition/key based anti-theft systems. These issues include GM VATS (resistor chip in key blade) PASSLOCK (MRD)-ignition lock rotation based, no special ignition key and the PKIII Transponder (computer chip in key) systems. These systems are not alarm based and are integral with the starting of the engine. This is why I cannot diagnose alarm problems without physically looking at the vehicle: Alarm systems are a completely different annimal than ignition key/lock based anti-theft system. Many alarm questions come from vehicles 10 years old, and since older, many hands that had been involved over the years.I am an expert in all GM factory (ignition/key based)systems. Alarm system questions pose to many situations beyond my knowledge as to what has been done to the vehicle over the years. Some guy may have actually wired the stereo into the alarm system. Who knows? Over my past 30 years in vehicle wiring repair, I have seen unbelievable wiring disaters done by guys that consider themselves "mechanics." I have seen stereos and alarms intalled using surgical tape. I have seen modules burn up, un-fused circuits, wiring jambed between the doors and even lamp cord used for a starter kill. To answer alarm questions over the internet without examining the vehicle is like asking; What does it take to remove a dent?

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