Acura CL Integra NSX RL RSX TL TSX 2001-2006

Flywheel or Flexplate


Removal & Installation

The flywheel on cars with manual transaxles serves as the forward clutch engagement surface. It also serves as the ring gear with which the starter pinion engages to crank the engine. The most common reasons to replace the flywheel are:

Broken teeth on the flywheel ring gear
Excessive driveline chatter when engaging the clutch
Excessive wear, scoring or cracking of the clutch surface

On cars with automatic transaxles, the torque converter actually forms part of the flywheel. It is bolted to a thin driveplate which, in turn, is bolted to the crankshaft. The driveplate also serves as the ring gear with which the starter pinion engages in engine cranking. The driveplate occasionally cracks; the teeth on the ring gear may also break, especially if the starter is often engaged while the pinion is still spinning. The torque converter and driveplate must be separated, and the converter and transaxle are be removed together.

  1. Remove the transaxle from the vehicle. For more information, refer to the Drive Train Section.
  3. On vehicles equipped with a manual transaxle, remove the clutch assembly from the flywheel, as described in the Drive Train Section.

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    Fig. View of the flywheel and bolts-manual transaxle shown