AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 1975-76 Models



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a wrench to unfasten the speedometer cable retaining clip



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the speedometer cable retaining clip



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Fig. Fig. 3: Unbolt the retaining nut and disengage the speedometer cable from the transmission

  1. Disconnect the fan shroud (if equipped).
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the transmission fill tube at the upper bracket.
  4.  
  5. Raise the car on hoist.
  6.  


WARNING
It is necessary that the hood be open to avoid damage to the hood and air cleaner when the rear crossmember is removed.

  1. Remove the inspection cover from the front of the converter housing.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the torque converter until the drain plug is accessible. Remove the plug and drain the converter.
  4.  
  5. Remove the transmission fill tube.
  6.  
  7. Remove the starter.
  8.  
  9. Mark the rear universal joint and yoke for alignment reference during installation.
  10.  
  11. Remove the driveshaft.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the catalytic converter(s) (if equipped) and front exhaust pipes to provide working clearance.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the front exhaust pipe brace from the transmission.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the speedometer cable, throttle and shift linkage, neutral safety, TCS switch wires, fluid cooler lines, and the governor pressure oil line from the transmission to the TCS control switch.
  18.  
  19. Mark the converter drive plate and converter for alignment reference during installation.
  20.  
  21. Remove the bolts which attach the converter to the drive plate.
  22.  
  23. Place the transmission jack under the transmission.
  24.  
  25. Remove the crossmember from the side sill and rear support cushion.
  26.  
  27. Remove the support cushion and adapter from the extension housing.
  28.  
  29. Remove the bolts which attach the transmission to the engine.
  30.  
  31. Move the transmission and converter a sufficient distance to clear the crankshaft.
  32.  
  33. Maintain pressure against the converter and lower the assembly until the transmission housing clears the engine.
  34.  

To install:
  1. If the torque converter is removed, insert Pump Aligning Tool J-24033 (Models 904-998), J-24045 (Model 727) or other equivalents into the pump.
  2.  
  3. Engage the pump rotor.
  4.  
  5. Rotate the tool until the drilled holes in the tool are vertical.
  6.  
  7. Remove the tool.
  8.  
  9. Rotate the converter until the pump drive slots are vertical, and carefully install the converter into pump.
  10.  
  11. Place the assembly on a transmission jack.
  12.  
  13. Raise the transmission assembly and align the converter with the drive plate. Refer to the marks made during removal.
  14.  
  15. Raise the transmission and slide it forward.
  16.  
  17. Raise, lower, or tilt the transmission to align the converter housing pilot holes with the dowels in the engine.
  18.  
  19. Install the two lower converter housing attaching bolts and pull the housing up snugly.
  20.  
  21. Install the remaining attaching bolts.
  22.  
  23. Tighten all the converter housing attaching bolts to 28 ft. lbs.
  24.  
  25. Install the rear crossmember, rear support cushion and adapter.
  26.  
  27. Remove the transmission jack.
  28.  
  29. Install the screws which attach the torque converter to the drive plate.
  30.  
  31. Install the drain plug.
  32.  
  33. Install the inspection cover.
  34.  
  35. Install the starter.
  36.  
  37. Connect the neutral safety switch, TCS switch, throttle and shift linkages, fluid cooler lines, and speedometer cable.
  38.  
  39. Install the transmission filler tube in the transmission.
  40.  
  41. Install the driveshaft. Refer to the alignment marks made during removal.
  42.  
  43. Connect the front exhaust pipes, catalytic converter(s) (if equipped), and lower the car.
  44.  
  45. Connect the filler tube upper bracket.
  46.  
  47. Fill the transmission to the correct level.
  48.  
  49. Adjust the manual throttle linkage.
  50.  
  51. Road test the car for proper transmission operation.
  52.  

1977-79 Models

4-121 ENGINE
  1. Open the hood.
  2.  


WARNING
The hood must remain open to avoid damaging the hood and air cleaner when the rear crossmember is removed.

  1. Disconnect the fan shroud.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bolt attaching the transmission filler tube to the rear of the engine.
  4.  
  5. Place the gearshift lever in Neutral.
  6.  
  7. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
  8.  
  9. Mark the driveshaft and yoke for assembly alignment reference.
  10.  
  11. Remove the driveshaft.
  12.  
  13. Remove the starter motor.
  14.  
  15. Remove the speedometer adapter and cable assembly. Cover the adapter bore in the case after removal.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the gearshift and throttle linkage. On cars with column shift, remove the bolt attaching the linkage bellcrank bracket to the converter housing.
  18.  
  19. Remove the cover at the front of the converter housing.
  20.  
  21. Mark the converter drive plate and converter for assembly alignment reference.
  22.  
  23. Remove the bolts attaching the converter to the drive plate. Rotate the crankshaft and drive plate using a ratchet handle and socket or box end wrench on the crankshaft front pulley bolt to gain access to the drive plate-to-converter bolts.
  24.  

The crankshaft pulley bolt is a metric size and requires a 24mm socket or wrench. However, a15/16in. (23.8mm) socket or wrench may also be used.

  1. Support the transmission using a transmission jack. Retain the transmission on the jack using a safety chain.
  2.  
  3. Lower the transmission slightly and disconnect the oil cooler lines at the transmission.
  4.  
  5. Remove the bolt attaching the rear support cushion to the rear support cushion bracket (bracket is attached to transmission extension housing).
  6.  
  7. Remove the rear crossmember-to-frame side sill attaching nuts and remove the crossmember and support cushion as assembly.
  8.  
  9. Place the support stand under the front of the engine.
  10.  
  11. Remove the bolts attaching the catalytic converter support bracket to the transmission.
  12.  
  13. Remove the bolts attaching the transmission and filler tube to the engine.
  14.  

The transmission-to-engine blockbolts are metric size bolts.

  1. Move the transmission and converter rearward until clear of the crankshaft.
  2.  
  3. Hold the converter in position and lower the transmission until the converter housing clears the engine.
  4.  


WARNING
If the transmission was removed to correct a malfunction that generated sludge or heavy accumulations of metal or friction material particles, the oil cooler and cooler lines must be thoroughly flushed and the torque converter replaced. Do not attempt to flush the converter if it is contaminated.

To install:
  1. If the torque converter was removed, insert Pump Aligning Tool J-24033 or its equivalent into the pump rotor and engage the tool slots with the pump rotor drive lugs.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the aligning tool until the hole in tool is vertical then remove the tool.
  4.  
  5. Rotate the converter until the pump drive slots in the converter hub are vertical.
  6.  
  7. Carefully insert the converter hub into the oil pump. Be sure the drive lugs of the pump inner rotor are completely engaged with the drive slots in the converter hub.
  8.  
  9. Raise the transmission and align the converter with the drive plate. Refer to the alignment marks made during removal.
  10.  
  11. Move the transmission forward and raise, lower, or tilt the transmission to align the converter housing pilot holes with the dowels in the engine block.
  12.  

If the downward angle at the rear of the engine is not sufficient to permit transmission installation, raise the front of the engine to increase the downward angle.

  1. Install two, transmission-to-engine lower attaching bolts and tighten the bolts to pull the transmission to the engine.
  2.  
  3. Install the drive plate-to-converter attaching bolts. Tighten them to 26 ft. lbs.
  4.  
  5. Install the remaining transmission-to-engine attaching bolts. Tighten the bolts to 54 ft. lbs.
  6.  
  7. Connect the oil cooler lines.
  8.  
  9. Raise the transmission, position the rear crossmember, install the crossmember attaching nuts and tighten the nuts to 30 ft. lbs.
  10.  
  11. Install the rear support cushion-to-support cushion bracket bolt and tighten the bolt to 49 ft. lbs.
  12.  
  13. Remove the safety chain and transmission jack.
  14.  
  15. Install the cover at the front of the converter housing.
  16.  
  17. Install the starter motor.
  18.  
  19. Connect the neutral start switch wires to the switch terminal.
  20.  
  21. Connect the gearshift and throttle linkage. On cars with column shift, position the linkage bellcrank bracket on the converter housing and install the bracket attaching bolt.
  22.  
  23. Install the speedometer cable and adapter assembly. Be sure the adapter is correctly indexed.
  24.  
  25. Install the catalytic converter support bracket bolt.
  26.  
  27. Lower the car.
  28.  
  29. Fill the transmission to the correct fluid level.
  30.  
  31. Adjust the gearshift lever, then the throttle linkage.
  32.  

The gearshift lever adjusting trunnion is located on the steering column shift lever.

  1. Road test the car to check transmission operation.
  2.  

6- AND 8-CYLINDER ENGINES
  1. Disconnect the fan shroud if equipped.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the transmission fill tube at the upper bracket.
  4.  
  5. Open the hood.
  6.  


WARNING
It is necessary that the hood be open to avoid damaging the hood and air cleaner when the rear crossmember is removed.

  1. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the inspection cover from the converter housing.
  4.  
  5. On 6-cylinder cars, remove the screws attaching the clamp to the exhaust pipe support bracket and slide the clamp off the bracket.
  6.  
  7. Remove the transmission fill tube.
  8.  
  9. Mark the driveshaft and rear axle yoke for assembly alignment reference.
  10.  
  11. Remove the driveshaft.
  12.  
  13. On 8-cylinder cars, disconnect the exhaust pipes at the exhaust manifolds.
  14.  
  15. Remove the speedometer adapter and cable assembly. Cover the adapter bore in the case after adapter removal.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the gearshift and throttle linkage.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the wires at the neutral start switch.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the TCS switch oil line at the transmission fitting.
  22.  
  23. Mark the converter drive plate and converter for assembly alignment reference.
  24.  
  25. Remove the bolts attaching the converter to the drive plate. Rotate the crankshaft and drive plate using the ratchet handle and socket on the crankshaft front pulley bolt to gain access to the drive plate bolts.
  26.  
  27. Support the transmission using a transmission jack. Retain the transmission on the jack using a safety chain.
  28.  
  29. Lower the transmission slightly and disconnect the oil cooler lines at the transmission.
  30.  
  31. Remove the bolts attaching the rear support cushion to the transmission.
  32.  
  33. Remove the rear crossmember-to-frame side sill attaching nuts and remove the crossmember. On Pacers, remove the ground strap.
  34.  
  35. Remove the bolts attaching the converter support bracket to the transmission.
  36.  
  37. Remove the bolts attaching the transmission to the engine.
  38.  
  39. Move the transmission and converter rearward to clear the crankshaft.
  40.  
  41. Hold the converter in position and lower the assembly until the converter housing clears the engine.
  42.  


WARNING
If the transmission was removed to correct a malfunction that generated sludge or heavy accumulations of metal particles or friction material, the oil cooler and cooler lines must be flushed thoroughly and the torque converter replaced. Do not attempt to flush the converter if it is contaminated.

To install:
  1. If the torque converter was removed, insert Pump Aligning Tool J-24033 or its equivalent in the pump rotor until the rotor drive lugs engage the slots in tool.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the tool until the drilled hole in the tool is vertical and remove the tool.
  4.  
  5. Rotate the converter until the pump drive slots in the converter hub are vertical and carefully insert the converter hub into the pump. Be sure the drive lugs of the pump inner rotor are properly engaged in the drive slots of the converter hub.
  6.  
  7. Raise the transmission and align the converter with the drive plate. Refer to the assembly alignment marks.
  8.  
  9. Pull the transmission forward.
  10.  
  11. Raise, lower, or tilt the transmission to align the converter housing pilot holes with the dowels in the engine.
  12.  
  13. Install the two converter housing lower attaching bolts and tighten the bolts to pull the housing to the engine.
  14.  
  15. Install the drive plate-to-converter attaching bolts.
  16.  
  17. Install the remaining converter housing-to-engine attaching bolts and tighten all bolts to 28 ft. lbs.
  18.  
  19. Connect the oil cooler lines.
  20.  
  21. Install the rear support cushion on the transmission.
  22.  
  23. Raise the transmission, position the rear crossmember, and install the crossmember attaching nuts. On Pacers, install the ground strap.
  24.  
  25. Remove the safety chain and transmission jack.
  26.  
  27. Install the inspection cover.
  28.  
  29. On 6-cylinder cars, install the exhaust pipe support bracket.
  30.  
  31. Install the starter.
  32.  
  33. Connect the wires to the neutral switch.
  34.  
  35. Connect the gearshift and throttle linkage.
  36.  
  37. Install the speedometer cable and adapter assembly. Be sure the adapter is correctly indexed.
  38.  
  39. Install the driveshaft. Refer to the alignment marks made during removal.
  40.  
  41. On 8-cylinder cars, connect the front exhaust pipes and the catalytic converter support bracket bolts.
  42.  
  43. Lower the car.
  44.  
  45. Fill the transmission to the correct level.
  46.  
  47. Adjust the gearshift selector lever linkage.
  48.  
  49. Road test the car to check transmission operation.
  50.  

1980-81 Models

4-151 ENGINE
  1. Open the hood.
  2.  


WARNING
The hood must remain open to avoid damaging the hood and air cleaner when the rear crossmember is removed.

  1. Disconnect the fan shroud.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bolt attaching the transmission fill tube to the engine.
  4.  
  5. Place the gearshift lever in Neutral.
  6.  
  7. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
  8.  
  9. Mark the driveshaft and yoke for assembly alignment reference. On Eagle models, also remove the skid plate.
  10.  
  11. Remove the driveshafts.
  12.  
  13. Remove the starter motor. On Eagle models, also remove the stiffening braces.
  14.  
  15. Remove the speedometer adapter and cable assembly. Cover the adapter bore after removal.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the gearshift and throttle linkage. On automobiles with column shift, remove the bolt attaching linkage bellcrank bracket to the converter housing.
  18.  
  19. Remove the cover at the front of the converter housing.
  20.  
  21. Mark the converter drive plate and the converter for assembly alignment reference.
  22.  
  23. Remove the bolts attaching the converter to the drive plate. Rotate the crankshaft and drive plate using the ratchet handle and socket or box end wrench on the crankshaft front pulley bolt to gain access to the drive plate plate-to-converter bolts.
  24.  

The crankshaft pulley bolt is a metric size bolt.

  1. Support the transmission using a transmission jack. Retain the transmission on the jack using a safety chain.
  2.  

On Eagle models, both the transmission and transfer case must be properly supported on the transmission jack and retained with a safety chain.

  1. Disconnect the oil cooler lines at the transmission.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bolt attaching the rear support cushion to the rear support cushion bracket (bracket is attached to transmission extension housing).
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear crossmember attaching nuts and remove the crossmember and support cushion as assembly.
  6.  
  7. Place a support stand under the front of the engine.
  8.  
  9. Remove the bolts attaching the catalytic converter support bracket to the transmission, if equipped.
  10.  
  11. Remove the fill tube.
  12.  
  13. Remove the bolts attaching the transmission to the engine.
  14.  

The transmission-to-engine blockbolts are metric size bolts.

  1. Move the transmission (and transfer case, if equipped) and converter rearward until clear of the crankshaft.
  2.  
  3. Hold the converter in position and lower the transmission until the transmission converter housing clears the engine.
  4.  


WARNING
If the transmission was removed to correct a malfunction that generated sludge or heavy accumulations of metal or friction material particles, the oil cooler and cooler lines must be thoroughly flushed and the torque converter replaced. Do not attempt to flush the converter if it is contaminated.

To install:
  1. If the torque converter was removed, insert Pump Aligning Tool J-24033 or its equivalent into the pump rotor and engage the tool slots with the pump rotor drive lugs.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the aligning tool until the hole in the tool is vertical, then remove the tool.
  4.  
  5. Rotate the converter until the pump drive slots in the converter hub are vertical.
  6.  
  7. Carefully insert the converter hub into the oil pump. Be sure the drive lugs of the pump inner rotor are completely engaged with the drive slots in the converter hub.
  8.  
  9. Raise the transmission and align the converter with the drive plate. Refer to the alignment marks made during removal.
  10.  
  11. Move the transmission forward and raise, lower, or tilt the transmission to align the transmission converter housing dowel holes with the dowels in the engine block.
  12.  

If the downward angle at the rear of the engine is not sufficient to permit transmission installation, raise the front of the engine to increase the downward angle.

  1. Install two transmission-to-engine lower attaching bolts and tighten the bolts evenly to pull the transmission to the engine.
  2.  
  3. Install the drive plate-to-converter attaching bolts. Tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs.
  4.  

Coat the threads of the drive plate-to-converter attaching bolts with Loctite®271 or equivalent.

  1. Install the remaining transmission-to-engine attaching bolts. Tighten the bolts to 54 ft. lbs.
  2.  
  3. Connect the oil cooler lines.
  4.  
  5. Install rear crossmember and support cushion. Tighten attaching nuts to 30 ft. lbs.
  6.  
  7. Install the rear support cushion-to-support cushion bracket bolt. Tighten the bolt to 48 ft. lbs.
  8.  
  9. Remove the safety chain and transmission jack.
  10.  
  11. Install the converter housing inspection cover.
  12.  
  13. Install the starter motor. On Eagle models also install the stiffening brace and skid plate.
  14.  
  15. Connect the neutral start switch wires to the switch terminal.
  16.  
  17. Connect the gearshift and throttle linkage. On automobiles with column shift, position the linkage bellcrank bracket on the converter housing and install the bracket attaching bolt.
  18.  
  19. Install the speedometer cable and adapter assembly. Be sure the adapter is correctly indexed.
  20.  
  21. Connect the catalytic converter, if equipped. On Eagle models, add the correct quantity of transfer case lubricant.
  22.  
  23. Lower the automobile.
  24.  
  25. Fill the transmission to the correct fluid level.
  26.  
  27. Check and adjust the gearshift lever and throttle linkage if necessary.
  28.  

The gearshift lever adjusting trunnion is located at the lower end of the steering column.

  1. Road test the automobile to check transmission operation.
  2.  

6-258 ENGINES
  1. Disconnect the fan shroud, if equipped.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the transmission fill tube at the upper bracket.
  4.  
  5. Open the hood.
  6.  


WARNING
It is necessary that the hood be open to avoid damaging the hood and air cleaner when the rear crossmember is removed.

  1. Raise and support the automobile on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the inspection cover from the converter housing.
  4.  
  5. On Spirit and Concord, remove the screw attaching the exhaust pipe clamp to the exhaust pipe support bracket and slide the clamp off the bracket.
  6.  
  7. Remove the transmission fill tube.
  8.  
  9. Remove the starter. On Eagle models, also remove the stiffening braces.
  10.  
  11. Mark the driveshaft(s) and yoke(s) for assembly alignment reference.
  12.  
  13. Remove the driveshaft(s).
  14.  
  15. On Eagle models, disconnect the exhaust pipe and move it aside for working clearance.
  16.  
  17. Remove the speedometer adapter and cable assembly. Discard the adapter and cable seals, they are not reuseable. Cover the adapter bore after removal.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the gearshift and throttle linkage.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the wires at the neutral start switch.
  22.  
  23. Mark the converter drive plate and converter for assembly alignment reference.
  24.  
  25. Remove the bolts attaching the converter to the drive plate. Rotate the crankshaft and drive plate using a ratchet handle and socket on the crankshaft from the pulley bolt to gain access to the drive plate bolts.
  26.  
  27. On Eagle models, remove the skid plate and stiffening brace.
  28.  
  29. Support the transmission (and transfer case on Eagle models) using a transmission jack. Retain the transmission on the jack using a safety chain.
  30.  
  31. Disconnect the oil cooler lines at the transmission.
  32.  
  33. Remove the bolts attaching the rear support cushion to the transmission.
  34.  
  35. Remove the rear crossmember.
  36.  
  37. Remove the bolts attaching the transmission to the engine.
  38.  
  39. Move the transmission and converter rearward to clear the crankshaft.
  40.  
  41. Hold the converter in position and lower the transmission assembly until the converter housing clears the engine.
  42.  


WARNING
If the transmission was removed to correct a malfunction that generated sludge or heavy accumulations of metal particles or friction material, the oil cooler and cooler lines must be flushed thoroughly and the torque converter replaced. Do not attempt to flush the converter if it is contaminated.

To install:
  1. If the torque converter was removed, insert Pump Aligning Tool J-24033 or its equivalent in the pump rotor until the rotor drive lugs engage the slots in the tool.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the tool until the drilled hole in the tool is vertical and remove the tool.
  4.  
  5. Rotate the converter until the pump drive slots in converter hub are vertical and carefully insert the converter hub into the pump. Be sure the drive lugs of the pump inner rotor are properly engaged in the drive slots of the converter hub.
  6.  
  7. Raise the transmission (and transfer case on Eagle models) and align the converter with the drive plate. Refer to the assembly alignment marks.
  8.  
  9. Move the transmission forward.
  10.  
  11. Raise, lower, or tilt the transmission to align the converter housing pilot holes with the dowels in the engine block.
  12.  
  13. Install two transmission lower attaching bolts and tighten the bolts evenly to pull the transmission to the engine.
  14.  
  15. Install the drive plate-to-converter attaching bolts.
  16.  
  17. Install the remaining transmission attaching bolts and tighten all bolts to 28 ft. lbs.
  18.  
  19. Connect the oil cooler lines.
  20.  
  21. Install the rear support cushion on the transmission, if removed.
  22.  
  23. Install the rear crossmember.
  24.  
  25. Remove the safety chain and transmission jack.
  26.  
  27. Install the inspection cover.
  28.  
  29. On Spirit and Concord, install the exhaust pipe clamp on the support bracket.
  30.  
  31. Install the starter. On Eagle models, also install the stiffening braces.
  32.  
  33. Connect the wires to the neutral switch.
  34.  
  35. Connect the gearshift and throttle linkage.
  36.  
  37. Install the speedometer cable and adapter assembly. Be sure the adapter is correctly indexed.
  38.  
  39. On Eagle models, connect the exhaust pipes, attach the stiffening brace and install the skid plate.
  40.  
  41. Install the driveshaft(s). Refer to the alignment marks made during removal. On Eagle models, add the correct quantity of transfer case lubricant.
  42.  
  43. Lower the automobile.
  44.  
  45. Fill the transmission to correct level.
  46.  
  47. Check and adjust the gearshift and throttle linkage if necessary.
  48.  
  49. Road test the automobile to check transmission operation.
  50.  

1982 Models

4-151 ENGINE
  1. Open the hood.
  2.  


WARNING
The hood must remain open to avoid damaging the hood and air cleaner when the rear crossmember is removed.

  1. Disconnect the fan shroud.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bolt attaching the transmission fill tube to the engine.
  4.  
  5. Place the gearshift lever in Neutral.
  6.  
  7. Raise and support the automobile on jackstands.
  8.  
  9. Mark the driveshaft and yoke for assembly alignment reference. On Eagle models, also remove the skid plate.
  10.  
  11. Remove the driveshafts.
  12.  
  13. On Eagle models, disconnect the exhaust system at the exhaust manifold, loosen the exhaust system hangers and move the exhaust system as necessary to gain work space.
  14.  
  15. Remove the starter motor. On Eagle models, also remove the stiffening braces.
  16.  
  17. Remove the speedometer adapter and cable assembly. Cover the adapter bore after removal.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the gearshift and throttle linkage. On automobiles with column shift, remove the bolt attaching the linkage bellcrank bracket to the converter housing.
  20.  
  21. Remove the cover at the front of the converter housing.
  22.  
  23. Mark the converter drive plate and converter for assembly alignment reference.
  24.  
  25. Remove the bolts attaching the converter to the drive plate. Rotate the crankshaft and drive plate using a ratchet handle and socket or box end wrench on the crankshaft front pulley bolt to gain access to the drive plate-to-converter bolts.
  26.  

The crankshaft pulley bolt is a metric size bolt.

  1. Support the transmission using a transmission jack. Retain the transmission on the jack using a safety chain.
  2.  


CAUTION
On Eagle models, both the transmission and transfer case must be properly supported on the transmission jack and retained with a safety chain.

  1. Disconnect the oil cooler lines at the transmission.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bolt attaching the rear support cushion to the rear support cushion bracket (bracket is attached to transmission extension housing).
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear crossmember attaching nuts and remove the crossmember and support cushion as assembly.
  6.  
  7. Place the support stand under the front of the engine.
  8.  
  9. Remove the bolts attaching the catalytic converter support bracket to the transmission, if equipped.
  10.  
  11. Remove the fill tube.
  12.  
  13. Remove the bolts attaching the transmission to the engine.
  14.  

The transmission-to-engine blockbolts are metric size bolts.

  1. Move the transmission (and transfer case, if equipped) and converter rearward until clear of the crankshaft.
  2.  
  3. Hold the converter in position and lower the transmission until the transmission converter housing clears the engine.
  4.  


WARNING
If the transmission was removed to correct a malfunction that generated sludge or heavy accumulations of metal or friction material particles, the oil cooler and cooler lines must be thoroughly flushed and the torque converter replaced. Do not attempt to flush the converter if it is contaminated.

To install:
  1. If the torque converter was removed, insert Pump Aligning Tool J-24033 or its equivalent into the pump rotor and engage the tool slots with the pump rotor drive lugs.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the aligning tool until the hole in tool is vertical, then remove the tool.
  4.  
  5. Rotate the converter until the pump drive slots in the converter hub are vertical.
  6.  
  7. Carefully insert the converter hub into the oil pump. Be sure the drive lugs of the pump inner rotor are completely engaged with the drive slots in the converter hub.
  8.  
  9. Raise the transmission and align the converter with the drive plate. Refer to the alignment marks made during removal.
  10.  


CAUTION
On Eagle models, both the transmission and transfer case must be supported on a transmission jack and retained with a safety chain.

  1. Move the transmission forward and raise, lower, or tilt the transmission to align the transmission converter housing dowel holes with the dowels in the engine block.
  2.  

If the downward angle at the rear of the engine is not sufficient to permit transmission installation, raise the front of the engine to increase the downward angle.

  1. Install two transmission-to-engine lower attaching bolts and tighten the bolts evenly to pull the transmission to the engine.
  2.  
  3. Install the drive plate-to-converter attaching bolts. Tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs.
  4.  

Coat the threads of the drive plate-to-converter attaching bolts with Loctite®271, or equivalent.

  1. Install the remaining transmission-to-engine attaching bolts. Tighten the bolts to 54 ft. lbs.
  2.  
  3. Connect the oil cooler lines.
  4.  
  5. Install the driveshaft using the reference marks made during disassembly.
  6.  
  7. Install the rear crossmember and support cushion. Tighten the attaching nuts to 30 ft. lbs.
  8.  
  9. Install the rear support cushion-to-support cushion bracket bolt. Tighten the bolt to 48 ft. lbs.
  10.  
  11. Remove the safety chain and transmission cover.
  12.  
  13. Install the converter housing inspection cover.
  14.  
  15. Install the starter motor. On Eagle models also install the stiffening brace and skid plate.
  16.  
  17. Connect the neutral start switch wires to the switch terminal.
  18.  
  19. Connect the gearshift and throttle linkage. On automobiles with column shift, position the linkage bellcrank bracket on the converter housing and install the bracket attaching bolt.
  20.  
  21. Install the speedometer cable and adapter assembly. Be sure the adapter is correctly indexed.
  22.  
  23. Connect the catalytic converter, if equipped. On Eagle models, add the correct quantity of transfer case lubricant.
  24.  
  25. Lower the automobile.
  26.  
  27. Fill the transmission to the correct fluid level.
  28.  
  29. Check and adjust the gearshift lever and throttle linkage, if necessary.
  30.  

The gearshift lever adjusting trunnion is located at the lower end of the steering column.

  1. Road test the automobile to check transmission operation.
  2.  

6-258 ENGINE
  1. Disconnect the fan shroud, if equipped.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the transmission fill tube at upper bracket.
  4.  
  5. Open the hood.
  6.  


WARNING
It is necessary that the hood be open to avoid damaging the hood and air cleaner when the rear crossmember is removed.

  1. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the inspection cover from the converter housing.
  4.  
  5. On Spirit and Concord, remove the screw attaching the exhaust pipe clamp to the exhaust pipe support bracket and slide the clamp off the bracket.
  6.  
  7. Remove the transmission fill tube.
  8.  
  9. Remove the starter. On Eagle models, also remove the stiffening braces.
  10.  
  11. Mark the driveshaft(s) and yoke(s) for assembly alignment reference.
  12.  
  13. Remove the driveshaft(s).
  14.  
  15. On Eagle models, disconnect the exhaust pipe and move it aside for working clearance.
  16.  
  17. Remove the speedometer adapter and cable assembly. Discard the adapter and cable seals, they are not reuseable. Cover the adapter bore after removal.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the gearshift and throttle linkage.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the wires at the neutral start switch.
  22.  
  23. Mark the converter drive plate and converter for assembly alignment reference.
  24.  
  25. Remove the bolts attaching the converter to the drive plate. Rotate the crankshaft and drive plate using a ratchet handle and socket on the crankshaft front pulley bolt to gain access to the drive plate bolts.
  26.  
  27. On Eagle models, remove the skid plate and stiffening braces.
  28.  


CAUTION
Support the transmission (and transfer case on Eagle models) using a transmission jack. Retain the transmission on the jack using a safety chain.

  1. Disconnect the oil cooler lines at the transmission.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bolts attaching the rear support cushion to the transmission.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear crossmember.
  6.  
  7. Remove the bolts attaching the transmission to the engine.
  8.  
  9. Move the transmission and converter rearward to clear the crankshaft.
  10.  
  11. Hold the converter in position and lower the transmission assembly until the converter housing clears the engine.
  12.  

To install:
  1. If the torque converter was removed, insert Pump Aligning Tool J-24033 or its equivalent in the pump rotor until the rotor drive lugs engage the slots in the tool.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the tool until the drilled hole in the tool is vertical and remove the tool.
  4.  
  5. Rotate the converter until the pump drive slots in the converter hub are vertical and carefully insert the converter hub into the pump. Be sure the drive lugs of the pump inner rotor are properly engaged in the drive slots of the converter hub.
  6.  
  7. Raise the transmission (and transfer case on Eagle models) and align the converter with the drive plate. Refer to the assembly alignment marks.
  8.  
  9. Move the transmission forward.
  10.  
  11. Raise, lower, or tilt the transmission to align the converter housing pilot holes with the dowels in the engine block.
  12.  
  13. Install the two transmission lower attaching bolts and tighten the bolts evenly to pull the transmission to the engine.
  14.  
  15. Install the drive plate-to-converter attaching bolts.
  16.  
  17. Install the remaining transmission attaching bolts and tighten all bolts to 28 ft. lbs.
  18.  
  19. Connect the oil cooler lines.
  20.  
  21. Install the rear support cushion on the transmission, if removed.
  22.  
  23. Install the rear crossmember.
  24.  
  25. Remove the safety chain and transmission jack.
  26.  
  27. Install the inspection cover.
  28.  
  29. On Spirit and Concord, install the exhaust pipe clamp on the support bracket.
  30.  
  31. Install the starter. On Eagle models, also install the stiffening braces.
  32.  
  33. Connect the wires to the neutral switch.
  34.  
  35. Connect the gearshift and throttle linkage.
  36.  
  37. Install the speedometer cable and adapter assembly. Be sure the adapter is correctly indexed.
  38.  
  39. On Eagle models, connect the exhaust pipes, attach the stiffening brace and install the skid plate.
  40.  
  41. Install the driveshaft(s). Refer to the alignment marks made during removal. On Eagle models, add the correct quantity of transfer case lubricant.
  42.  
  43. Lower the automobile.
  44.  
  45. Fill the transmission to the correct level.
  46.  
  47. Check and adjust the gearshift and throttle linkage, if necessary.
  48.  
  49. Road test the automobile to check transmission operation.
  50.  

 
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