If you are trying to access some of the components on the right hand side of the 6-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission fitted to most Aston Martin DB9s, DBS and Rapides between 2004 and 2014 you’ll find you have almost no access. The exhaust pipe is very close, and Aston fitted a heat shield to protect the transmission. But, that heat shield is even closer to the transmission. If you remove it you finally have enough room to get some skinny fingers into those tight places and can get some work done. For me, I was working on Changing the Transmission fluid (of which I’ve done a complete series of articles on that you can find here). Let me show you how to remove the heat shield.
To get the right hand rear exhaust heat shield off you have some work to do first. I have already done articles on these steps:
- Get the car off the ground and level up on jack stands (check out this article)
- Remove the rear undertray (check out this article)
- Potentially remove the rear subframe crossmember (check out the article)
This list is pretty simple, one 10mm combination wrench.
You can make your life considerably more easy if you have a fancier bendy ratcheting style box end wrench like the one below. You’ll be working in a tight space at an awkward angle, so this helps.
An inspection light will help as well.
This is easy and will take less than a few minutes once you have access to it.
There are just two small 10mm bolts to remove.
- Starting with the rear most bolt work your arm up over the area by reaching in and through the right hand suspension arm area.
- Move to the front bolt. You can use your bendy ratcheting box end really well here.
- With both bolts removed I was able to rotate the heat shield down and around the exhaust pipe towards the transmission. Check out the video below to see what this means. It wasn’t hard.
That’s it. Just two hard to reach bolts.
Now you should have clearer access to the side of the Transmission and you can get on with your work.
When its time to put the heat shield back into place and correctly torqueing the bolts check out my other article on reinstalling it [Coming Soon].
You can see me removing the heat shield as part of my transmission service video (at the 1:40 mark). Here is a link to it: