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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:02 AM
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Transmission stuck to M42

So I'm replacing my clutch, and I took out all the necessary bolts, shifter linkage, the bolts to the starter, etc. however when I try to pull the tranny apart, it won't separate from the engine more than a couple inches. There's a metal shield it seems to be stuck on. Any idea what's going on?
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:17 AM
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How many bolts did you remove from the bell housing to the engine?
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:23 AM
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:24 AM
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How many bolts did you remove from the bell housing to the engine?
That includes the ones to the starter motor.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:40 AM
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If you've got them all, then you only need to pull them apart. They can stick.
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If you've got them all, then you only need to pull them apart. They can stick.
What can stick? The housing and the engine? Because all the bolts are out. And the housing and engine are apart, however only by a couple inches. It seems the metal gasket is hindering somehow, is that possible?
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If it's still in the car there are probably 100mb places where it could be bumping into something you can't see, but in answer to your question I think the the metal gaskets could possibly ether stuck to the bell housing and be catching on the fly wheel (I think I recall something annoying like that from taking mine off a couple months back) but it shouldn't take much to get it to let go.

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