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Tranny at the yard came out in 2 hours of rolling in the mud and rain.
Tranny in car finally came out today, but with a huge problem.
The bolt that holds the tranny support to the car... the one on the subframe... Yeah it was rusted to the bushing and no amount of PB Blaster loosened it. I twisted the head off when attempting to loosen it as described in the bentley. I have since removed the tranny, but the bolt is still in there. I broke one of those reverse threaded screws insided the bolt and those are crazy hard metal. IE unable to drill through. So my dad decided to use the flaming wrench to burn up through the bolt and melt the srcew out. It worked and i have dulled 3 bits and am still about 1.5 inches from the top.
I thought vw's fell apart??? what is this crap

The bushing should be salvageable, but if not the entire subframe will need to be dropped to replace it.
What really sucks is the stupid support really doesn't need to be unbolted at all
 

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Re: this has to be the worst swap ever... (CBHCG60)

You don't have to drop the subframe to get to that one. Put a large set of channel locks on the bush and get it off the bolt. Then you will be able to get to the shaft to put visegrips on it and heat the encased nut and the bolt will come out. Get a new bolt and bush and all will be fine.
 

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Re: this has to be the worst swap ever... (vwmann1)

Good to know i don't need to drop the subframe.
The bolt was rusted to the metal sleeve inside the bushing. The nut has already been torched completely off and the bolt and bushing would rotate together. Drilling seems to be the best option. But takes forever...
 

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Re: this has to be the worst swap ever... (CBHCG60)

Quote, originally posted by CBHCG60 »
The bolt was rusted to the metal sleeve inside the bushing.

Yup. You're not the first to have dealt with this. I had to deal with the same on one of the subframe bolts.
http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=905428
If the bolt will turn WITH the bushing sleeve, my advice would be to destroy the bushing and grab the whole thing with vise strips or channel locks and turn it out. The bushing (transmission mount) is cheap to replace.
 
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