6. Bend wiring loom/harness up and out of way, hold it firmly with one hand 1 Minute.
First, thanks to all for the great info in this thread, it has definitely saved me a few hundred bucks in the shop. Specifically, thanks to supersmacker for the step-by-step walk-through. I found the Haynes manual to be inadequate for this particular job.
Just a general comment for the next person taking this on... the above step was a SERIOUS pain in the butt for me. I struggled with getting the harness out of the way due to the plastic channel it sits in. It took me about an hour to figure out how to get it up high enough to get at the synchronizer & sensor. I ended up just saying eff it, & applying some serious elbow grease to get it out of the way.
Total time for this job for me was about 3.5hr --- I'm not a mechanic & I ended up having a neighbor talking with me for about 2 hours; combine that with the fact that I was taking my time to begin with, so I have no doubt that people could get this done in an hour.
I'd think that just about anyone that knew their way around the business end of a socket set could take on this job in an hour or two.