Acura Coupes and Sedans 1994-2000 Repair Information

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In the process of removing the engine, you will come across a number of steps which call for the removal of a separate component or system, such as "disconnect the exhaust system" or "remove the radiator." In most instances, a detailed removal procedure can be found elsewhere in this guide.

It is virtually impossible to list each individual wire and hose which must be disconnected, simply because so many different model and engine combinations have been manufactured. Careful observation and common sense are the best possible approaches to any repair procedure.

Removal and installation of the engine can be made easier if you follow these basic points:



If you have to drain any of the fluids, use a suitable container.
 
Always tag any wires or hoses and, if possible, the components they came from before disconnecting them.
 
Because there are so many bolts and fasteners involved, store and label the retainers from components separately in muffin pans, jars or coffee cans. This will prevent confusion during installation.
 
After unbolting the transaxle, always make sure it is properly supported.
 
If it is necessary to disconnect the air conditioning system, have this service performed by a qualified technician using a recovery/recycling station. If the system does not have to be disconnected, unbolt the compressor and set it aside.
 
When unbolting the engine mounts, always make sure the engine is properly supported. When removing the engine, make sure that any lifting devices are properly attached to the engine. It is recommended that if your engine is supplied with lifting hooks, your lifting apparatus be attached to them.
 
Lift the engine from its compartment slowly, checking that no hoses, wires or other components are still connected.
 
After the engine is clear of the compartment, place it on an engine stand or workbench.
 
After the engine has been removed, you can perform a partial or full teardown of the engine using the procedures outlined in this guide.
 

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 1.8L Engines



The radio may contain a coded theft protection circuit. Always obtain the code number before disconnecting the battery.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables.
  4.  
  5. Mark the positions of the hood hinges on the hood and remove the hood from the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. If equipped, remove the strut brace.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the battery cables from the under-hood fuse/relay box and under-hood Antilock Brake (ABS) System fuse/relay box.
  10.  
  11. Remove the intake air duct, air cleaner housing assembly and mounting bracket.
  12.  
  13. Remove the evaporative emission control canister hose and vacuum hose from the intake manifold.
  14.  
  15. On B18C5 engines, disconnect the brake booster and fuel return hoses.
  16.  
  17. Tag and detach the engine wiring harness connectors on the right side of engine compartment.
  18.  
  19. Properly relieve the residual fuel system pressure. Relieve the fuel pressure by loosening the service bolt on the fuel filter about one turn. Place a shop towel over the fuel filter to prevent pressurized fuel from spraying over the engine.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the fuel feed hose, brake booster vacuum hose, and fuel return hose.
  22.  
  23. Remove the throttle cable by loosening the locknut, then slip the cable end out of the accelerator linkage. Be careful not to bend the cable when removing it. Replace the cable if it gets kinked.
  24.  
  25. Remove the engine wiring harness connectors, terminal, and clamps on the left side of engine compartment.
  26.  
  27. Remove the cruise control actuator, and engine ground cable at the body end.
  28.  
  29. Remove the adjusting bolt and mounting bolt, then remove the power steering belt and pump. Do not disconnect the power steering hoses.
  30.  
  31. Loosen the idler pulley bolt and adjusting bolt, then remove the air conditioning compressor belt.
  32.  
  33. On manual transaxle only, remove the clutch slave cylinder and pipe/hose assembly. Do not disconnect the pipe/hose assembly.
  34.  
  35. Remove the transaxle ground cable and hose clamp. Remove the radiator cap.
  36.  
  37. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  38.  
  39. Remove the front wheels and lower splash shield.
  40.  
  41. Drain the engine coolant, engine oil, and transaxle fluid into sealable containers. Reinstall the drain plugs using new washers. Be careful not to over tighten the drain plugs.
  42.  
  43. Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses and the heater hoses from the engine.
  44.  
  45. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, disconnect the automatic transaxle fluid (ATF) cooler hoses.
  46.  
  47. Remove the radiator assembly.
  48.  
  49. Remove the air conditioning compressor mounting bolts and position the compressor out of the way. Suspend the compressor on a wire, do not let it hang by its hoses. Do not disconnect the hoses.
  50.  
  51. Detach the Heated Oxygen (HO 2 S) sensor connector.
  52.  
  53. Remove the nuts and bolts connecting exhaust pipe A to the catalytic converter. Discard the gasket and the lock nuts.
  54.  
  55. Remove and discard the nuts attaching exhaust pipe A to the exhaust hanger.
  56.  
  57. Remove and discard the lock nuts attaching exhaust pipe A to the exhaust manifold, then remove exhaust pipe A from the vehicle. discard the exhaust gaskets.
  58.  
  59. If equipped with a manual transaxle, disconnect the shift rod and extension rod from the transaxle.
  60.  
  61. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, remove the shift cable cover, then disconnect the shift cable from the transaxle.
  62.  
  63. Remove the right strut fork bolt, discard the nut.
  64.  
  65. Remove the right strut pinch bolt, then remove the strut fork.
  66.  
  67. Disconnect the suspension lower arm ball joints using a suitable ball joint removal tool.
  68.  
  69. Carefully pry the inner CV-joint away from the transaxle to force the set ring at the inner end past the groove. Remove the other CV-joint out of the intermediate shaft. Do not let the halfshafts hang down. Support the halfshafts or hang them from the body with wire and cover the halfshaft ends with plastic bags.
  70.  
  71. Attach a suitable hoist to the engine.
  72.  
  73. Remove the left and right front mounts and brackets, then remove the rear mount bracket.
  74.  
  75. Remove the side engine mount, then remove the transaxle mount.
  76.  
  77. Check that the engine is completely clear of vacuum, fuel and engine coolant hoses, and electrical wiring.
  78.  
  79. Slowly raise the engine approximately 6 in. (150mm). Check to be sure that all hoses, cables and wires are disconnected from the engine.
  80.  
  81. Raise the engine and transaxle assembly all the way and remove it from the vehicle.
  82.  
  83. Separate the engine and transaxle.
  84.  

To install:
  1. Install the transaxle to the engine assembly.
  2.  
  3. If equipped with a manual transaxle, tighten the transaxle housing mounting bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm), the two bolts and new washers to the rear mounting bracket to 87 ft. lbs. (118 Nm), and tighten the upper mounting bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  4.  
  5. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, tighten the transaxle housing mounting bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm), the two bolts and new washers to the rear mounting bracket to 87 ft. lbs. (118 Nm), and tighten the upper mounting bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
  6.  
  7. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, tighten the bolts attaching the torque converter to the drive plate to 104 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the torque converter/clutch cover.
  10.  
  11. Install the rear engine stiffener, tighten the bolts attaching the stiffener to the engine to 17 ft. lbs. (24 Nm). If equipped with a manual transaxle, tighten the bolts attaching the stiffener to the transaxle to 42 ft. lbs. (57 Nm). If equipped with an automatic transaxle, tighten the bolts attaching the stiffener to the transaxle to 32 ft. lbs. ( 43 Nm).
  12.  
  13. If equipped with the Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC) (B18C1 and B18C5 engines), install the front engine stiffener. Tighten the bolt attaching the stiffener to the engine to 17 ft. lbs. (24 Nm), tighten the bolts attaching the stiffener to the transaxle to 42 ft. lbs. (57 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the engine and transaxle into the engine compartment. Install the transaxle mount, then tighten the bolt/nuts on the transaxle side. Leave the mount bolt loose.
  16.  
  17. Install the engine side mount, then tighten the bolt/nuts on the engine side. Leave the mount bolt loose. Tighten the mount bolt on the transaxle mount, then tighten the mount bolt on the side engine mount.
  18.  
  19. Install the rear mount bracket, then tighten the bolts in the proper sequence.
  20.  
  21. Install the right front mount/bracket, then tighten the bolts in the proper sequence.
  22.  
  23. Install the left front mount, then tighten the bolts in the proper sequence.
  24.  
  25. Install the strut fork and pinch bolt.
  26.  
  27. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, connect the shift cable to the transaxle and install the shift cable cover.
  28.  
  29. If equipped with a manual transaxle, connect the shift rod and extension rod to the transaxle.
  30.  
  31. Install the exhaust pipe A to the exhaust manifold and to the catalytic converter.
  32.  
  33. Attach the HO 2 S sensor connector.
  34.  
  35. Install the air conditioning compressor and mounting bolts.
  36.  
  37. Install the radiator assembly.
  38.  
  39. If equipped with an automatic transaxles, connect the ATF cooler hoses.
  40.  
  41. Connect the upper and lower radiator hoses and the heater hoses to the engine.
  42.  
  43. Install the front wheels and lower splash shield.
  44.  
  45. Install the transaxle ground cable and hose clamp. Install the radiator cap.
  46.  
  47. If equipped with a manual transaxle, install the clutch slave cylinder and pipe/hose assembly.
  48.  
  49. Loosen the idler pulley bolt and adjusting bolt, then install the air conditioning compressor belt.
  50.  
  51. Install the power steering pump, the adjusting bolt and mounting bolt, then install the power steering belt.
  52.  
  53. Install the cruise control actuator, and engine ground cable at the body end.
  54.  
  55. Install the engine wiring harness connectors, terminal, and clamps on the left side of engine compartment.
  56.  
  57. Install the throttle cable. Replace the cable if it gets kinked.
  58.  
  59. Connect the fuel feed hose, brake booster vacuum hose, and fuel return hose.
  60.  
  61. Attach the engine wiring harness connectors on the right side of engine compartment.
  62.  
  63. On B18C5 engines, install the brake booster and fuel return hoses.
  64.  
  65. Install the evaporative emission control canister hose and vacuum hose to the intake manifold.
  66.  
  67. Install the intake air duct, air cleaner housing assembly and mounting bracket.
  68.  
  69. Connect the battery cables to the under-hood fuse/relay box and under-hood ABS system fuse/relay box.
  70.  
  71. If equipped, install the strut brace.
  72.  
  73. Install the hood to the vehicle.
  74.  
  75. Fill the engine coolant, engine oil, and transaxle fluid.
  76.  
  77. Reconnect the battery cables to the fuse/relay boxes and the battery. Connect the positive cable, then the negative cable to the battery.
  78.  
  79. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position, (do not operate the starter) so that the fuel pump operates for approximately 2 seconds and the fuel line pressurizes. Repeat this operation 2 or 3 times and check for fuel leakage.
  80.  
  81. Start the engine and check for any fluid leaks.
  82.  
  83. Recheck fluid levels and top off as necessary.
  84.  
  85. Enter the radio security code, then test drive the vehicle.
  86.  

2.2L, 2.3L and 3.0L Engines

  1. Obtain the anti-theft code for the radio, then disconnect the battery cables. Be sure to disconnect the negative cable first.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air intake duct.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hood opening struts and support the hood in a vertical position.
  6.  
  7. Detach the negative battery cable and then the positive cable.
  8.  
  9. If equipped with engine compartment covers, remove the covers.
  10.  
  11. Remove the strut brace.
  12.  
  13. Remove the intake air duct assembly.
  14.  
  15. Remove the battery, battery tray and the engine ground cable.
  16.  
  17. If equipped, remove the cosmetic manifold and throttle body covers.
  18.  
  19. Remove the accelerator and cruise control cables from the throttle body and bracket.
  20.  
  21. Remove the battery cables from the under-hood Antilock Brake System (ABS) and under-hood fuse/relay box assemblies and disconnect the engine wiring harness on the right side of the engine.
  22.  
  23. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure, as outlined in Fuel System of this guide.
  24.  
  25. Detach the fuel hoses from the fuel rail.
  26.  
  27. Disconnect the engine wiring harness on the left side of the engine.
  28.  
  29. Tag and disconnect the brake booster vacuum hoses and the canister hoses.
  30.  
  31. Remove the accessory drive belt(s).
  32.  
  33. Remove and support the power steering pump leaving the hoses attached.
  34.  
  35. Remove the bolt securing the power steering hose bracket on the engine.
  36.  
  37. On vehicles equipped with manual transaxles, remove the shift cable, clutch slave cylinder (leaving the hydraulic line attached), and detach the reverse light switch connector.
  38.  
  39. If equipped, remove the cruise control vacuum tank.
  40.  
  41. Remove the radiator cap.
  42.  
  43. Carefully raise the vehicle.
  44.  
  45. Remove the front wheels and lower splash shield.
  46.  
  47. Drain the engine oil, coolant, and transaxle oil (or fluid) into sealable containers and carefully reinstall the drain plugs using new sealing washers.
  48.  
  49. Remove the center support beam.
  50.  
  51. Detach the Heated Oxygen (HO 2 S) sensor connector and remove the front A pipe.
  52.  
  53. On automatic transaxles, remove the shift selector cable.
  54.  
  55. Remove the damper forks and disconnect the lower ball joints.
  56.  
  57. Remove the driveshafts from the transaxle and cover the machined ends.
  58.  
  59. On 3.0L engines, remove the crankshaft pulley, the Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC)/oil filter housing, and A/C compressor leaving the hoses attached.
  60.  
  61. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  62.  
  63. Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses.
  64.  
  65. If so equipped, remove the ATF cooler hoses.
  66.  
  67. Remove the radiator.
  68.  
  69. On 2.3L engines, remove the distributor, Idle Air Control (IAC) valve, and the A/C compressor, leaving the hoses attached.
  70.  
  71. Disconnect the heater hoses.
  72.  
  73. Attach a suitable engine lifting hoist to the engine lifting hooks and secure the engine.
  74.  
  75. Disconnect the front, rear, and side engine and transaxle mounts.
  76.  
  77. Lift the engine slightly and check that all hoses, cables and wires have been properly disconnected.
  78.  
  79. Carefully raise the engine from the vehicle.
  80.  

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Engine lifting points-2.3CL shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Engine lifting points-3.0CL shown

To install:
  1. Lift the engine into position and install the engine mounting brackets. On the 2.3L, tighten the engine mounting bolts and nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). On the 3.0L, tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  2.  
  3. On the 3.0L engine, install the A/C compressor. Tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the transaxle mounting bracket. On the 2.3L engine, tighten the nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm) and the through bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). On the 3.0L engine, tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  6.  
  7. On the 2.3L engine, perform the following:

    Install the rear mount bracket and tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
     
    On vehicles with manual transaxles, install the stiffener and tighten the through bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm). Install the stiffener and tighten the nut and bolt to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
     
    Tighten the three front mounting bracket bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm). Then, tighten the through bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
     
    Install the A/C compressor. Tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
     

  8.  
  9. On the 3.0L engine, perform the following:

    Install the radius rod bolts. Tighten them to 119 ft. lbs. (162 Nm).
     
    Install the front mounting bracket support nut. Tighten it to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
     
    Install the rear mounting bracket nut and bolt. Tighten the nut to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm) and the bolt to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
     
    Install the side mounting bracket. Tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm) and the through bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
     

  10.  
  11. Assemble the exhaust system.
  12.  
  13. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, connect the shift linkage.
  14.  
  15. The remainder of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  16.  
  17. Refill and bleed the cooling system.
  18.  


WARNING
Operating the engine without the proper amount and type of engine oil will result in severe engine damage.

  1. Fill the engine and transaxle with the correct amount and type of fluid.
  2.  
  3. Install the battery if removed. Start the engine and check for any fluid leaks.
  4.  
  5. Bring the engine to operating temperature and recheck all fluid levels.
  6.  
  7. Enter the security code for the radio.
  8.  

2.5L Engine

  1. Open the hood and secure it in its fully opened position (vertical). The hood may be removed if more clearance and working room is desired.
  2.  
  3. Obtain the radio security code, then disconnect the negative, then the positive cables.
  4.  
  5. Remove the battery and the battery tray.
  6.  
  7. Remove the engine ground cables and ignition coil wire.
  8.  
  9. Remove the battery cables from the under-hood fuse/relay box.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the engine harness connectors on the right side of the engine compartment.
  12.  
  13. Unbolt the battery cable from the Antilock Brake (ABS) System fuse/relay box.
  14.  
  15. Remove the intake air cleaner duct and the air cleaner housing.
  16.  
  17. Loosen the component adjusting and mounting bolts, then remove the power steering pump and air conditioning compressor belts.
  18.  
  19. Without disconnecting the hoses, remove the power steering pump and the air conditioner compressor and secure them out of the way.
  20.  

Do not loosen or disconnect the air conditioning refrigerant lines.

  1. Remove the throttle cable by loosening the locknut, then slip the cable end out of the throttle bracket and accelerator linkage. Do not bend the cable when removing it. Unbolt the throttle cable clamp and move the cable aside.
  2.  
  3. Label and disconnect the engine wiring harness connectors on the left side of the engine compartment.
  4.  


CAUTION
The fuel injection system remains under pressure after the engine has been turned OFF. Properly relieve fuel pressure before disconnecting any fuel lines. Failure to do so may result in fire or personal injury. Do not allow fuel spray or fuel vapors to come in contact with a spark or open flame. Keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher nearby. Never store fuel in an open container due to risk of fire or explosion.

  1. Properly relieve the residual fuel system pressure by loosening the service bolt on the fuel filter. Remove the banjo bolt to remove the fuel feed hose from the fuel filter. Remove the fuel return hose from the pressure regulator.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the charcoal canister hoses, fuel return hose, brake booster hose and the emission control vacuum hoses.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the transaxle wiring connector that is located near the firewall.
  6.  
  7. The distributor may be removed for extra access to the upper transaxle case bolts. Disconnect the wiring and remove the two bolts to remove the distributor. Do not lose the collar that fits on the distributor shaft.
  8.  
  9. Remove the torque converter cover and remove the drive plate bolts.
  10.  
  11. Remove the upper transaxle bolts and the 26mm differential shim. Note the location of the shim for installation.
  12.  
  13. Remove the power steering speed sensor from the differential case without disconnecting the hydraulic hoses. Disconnect the wiring and secure the sensor out of the way.
  14.  
  15. Remove the two upper brackets and lift the radiator and cooling fan assembly from the engine compartment.
  16.  
  17. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  18.  
  19. Remove the splash shield and front tires.
  20.  
  21. Drain the engine, differential and transaxle fluids into sealable containers.
  22.  
  23. Disconnect the lower strut fork and ball joint.
  24.  
  25. To disconnect the halfshafts, carefully pry the inner CV-joint away from the transaxle and the intermediate shaft.
  26.  

Do not pull on the halfshaft; the CV-joint may come apart. Use care when prying out the assembly and pull it straight to avoid damaging the intermediate shaft seals.

  1. Support the halfshafts from the body with wire. Do not let them hang from the outer CV-joints or it will be damaged.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the Oxygen (O 2 S) sensor connector from the exhaust system and remove the front exhaust pipe and its brackets.
  4.  
  5. Remove the transaxle mount and bracket.
  6.  
  7. Be sure the transaxle is in P park. Remove the 33 mm extension shaft sealing cap on the lower left side of transaxle housing.
  8.  
  9. Use a suitable extension shaft puller tool, to remove the extension shaft from the differential.
  10.  
  11. Lower the vehicle and install a chain hoist onto the engine lifting hooks.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the heater hoses.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the transaxle cooler hoses from the radiator tank. Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses and the fan wiring.
  16.  
  17. Remove the radiator assembly.
  18.  
  19. Raise the engine hoist just enough to take up the weight of the engine.
  20.  
  21. Remove the mid-mounts along with the spacers.
  22.  
  23. Support the transaxle with a jack and remove the transaxle case bolts.
  24.  
  25. Install the transaxle mid-mounts and spacer to hold the transaxle in the vehicle. Be sure the engine will separate from the transaxle, and that the transaxle will be supported by the mounts after the engine has been removed.
  26.  
  27. Unbolt the front engine mounts.
  28.  
  29. Slowly raise the engine slightly to separate it from the transaxle. Verify that all wiring harnesses, fuel and coolant lines, and vacuum hoses are disconnected.
  30.  
  31. Lift the engine out of the vehicle. Be sure the engine clears the mounts, the transaxle case, and the differential extension shaft.
  32.  

To install:

Use new mounting bolts when installing the transaxle side mount and bracket.

  1. Install the front engine mounts into the engine compartment.
  2.  
  3. Install the engine in the vehicle. Keep the lifting chain attached to hold the weight of the engine. Install the mounting nuts to hold the engine in place. Do not tighten the nuts and bolts at this time. Be sure the differential lines up with the extension shaft. Be sure the mainshaft is aligned in the clutch pressure plate, or the torque converter is flush against the drive plate and mounted on the mainshaft.
  4.  
  5. Raise the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Install new snap and set rings onto the extension shaft. Apply high temperature molybdenum grease to its splines and the shaft mating surface in the differential.
  8.  
  9. Support the transaxle with a jack and remove the mid-mounts. Carefully fit the engine into position and start the upper engine bolts. Slowly tighten two bolts on opposite sides just enough to draw the engine and transaxle together. Install all the remaining bolts except for the differential bolt and its shim. Do not fully tighten the bolts yet.
  10.  
  11. If either the engine, transaxle or differential is being replaced, the space between the differential and transaxle housings must be measured and the correct shim installed. Shims are available in increments of 0.004 in. (0.1mm). Measure the space between the housings with a feeler gauge. Install the largest shim possible that does not exceed the measurement. If the wrong shim is installed, the differential or transaxle housing will be out of alignment and could develop cracks.
  12.  
  13. Install the shim and tighten the bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm). Tighten the transaxle case bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the mid-mount and spacer. Loosely install the nuts and bolts for all the mounts and set the engine into place. Remove the engine lifting equipment.
  16.  
  17. Tighten the mounting nuts and bolts to the correct torque in the proper sequence. This step is important to preload the engine and transaxle mounts. Following the proper sequence will minimize engine vibration and premature mount failure. Be sure the rubber strut mounting surface is not contaminated with oil. Tighten the nuts and bolts as follows:

    Left and right front mount nut: 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm)
     
    Left front strut bolt: 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm)
     
    Left front strut bracket bolt: 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm)
     
    2.5TL front mount-to-subframe bolts: 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
     
    Mid-mount nuts: 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm)
     
    Mid-mount bolts: 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
     

  18.  
  19. After the engine and transaxle have been bolted together, install the extension shaft. Be sure the set ring snaps firmly into place. Coat the threads of the 33mm sealing cap with a sealing compound, install the cap and tighten it to 58 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
  20.  
  21. On vehicles with automatic transaxles, install the torque converter bolts and tighten them to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm). Do not over tighten these bolts or the drive plate will warp. Install the torque converter cover.
  22.  
  23. Install the transaxle side mount and bracket. Tighten the bracket bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). Tighten the mount bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  24.  
  25. The balance of the installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  26.  
  27. Fill the engine with fresh oil. Refill the differential and transaxle. Fill the cooling system with the correct coolant mixture.
  28.  
  29. Connect the positive and negative battery cables.
  30.  
  31. Bleed the cooling system. Check fluid levels. Run the engine and check its operation.
  32.  
  33. Check for any fluid leaks and recheck the fluid levels.
  34.  
  35. Enter the radio security code.
  36.  

3.2L Engine

1996-98 MODELS

The engine and transaxle are removed as an assembly.

  1. Move the front passenger's seat forward.
  2.  
  3. Do not remove the hood. Disconnect the hood support strut and reconnect it to hold the hood in a vertical position.
  4.  

The radio may contain a coded theft protection circuit. Always obtain the code number before disconnecting the battery.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable, then the positive battery cable. Remove the battery and the battery box.
  2.  
  3. Remove the engine cover.
  4.  
  5. Remove the air cleaner assembly and intake duct.
  6.  
  7. Remove the throttle cable cover. Without turning the adjusting nut, loosen the locknut, which is closer to the throttle, and disconnect the throttle cable and cruise control cable from the throttle and bracket.
  8.  
  9. Detach the engine wiring harness connector on the left side of the engine compartment.
  10.  
  11. Remove the engine ground cable and engine wiring harness clamps.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the vacuum hoses, then remove the clamp from the under-hood fuse/relay box.
  14.  
  15. Label, then disconnect the battery cables from the under-hood fuse/relay box, then remove the under-hood fuse/relay box.
  16.  
  17. Detach the engine wiring harness connector, located by the under-hood fuse/relay box.
  18.  
  19. Raise the power steering fluid reservoir, then disconnect the vacuum hoses and remove the vacuum pipe and vacuum tank.
  20.  

Do not disconnect the power steering hoses.

  1. Disconnect the ignition control module (igniter) located on the right shock tower and remove the wiring harness clamp. Disconnect the engine ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the engine wiring harness connectors on the right side of the engine compartment.
  4.  
  5. Remove the ground cable and wiring harness clamp.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the wiring harness from the control box and solenoid valve, then remove the control box.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the brake booster vacuum hose.
  10.  
  11. Remove the two bolts mounting the heater valve.
  12.  
  13. Properly relieve the fuel pressure, as outlined in Fuel System .
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the engine fuel feed hose from the fuel filter and disconnect the fuel return hose from the fuel regulator.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) control canister hose and the vacuum hose.
  18.  
  19. Detach the transaxle sub-harness connector, and remove the wiring harness clamp.
  20.  
  21. Loosen the alternator mounting bolt, lockbolt and adjusting rod, then remove the drive belt.
  22.  
  23. Loosen the A/C idler pulley center nut and adjusting bolt, then remove the drive belt.
  24.  
  25. Detach the power steering pressure switch connector.
  26.  
  27. Remove the power steering pump adjusting bolt, locknut and mounting bolt, then remove the drive belt and pump.
  28.  
  29. Pull the carpet back under the passenger seat to expose the secondary Heated Oxygen (HO 2 S) sensor connector, then unplug the connector.
  30.  
  31. Remove the radiator cap.
  32.  
  33. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  34.  
  35. Remove the front wheels and the splash guard.
  36.  
  37. Drain the engine coolant into a sealable container.
  38.  
  39. Drain the transaxle fluid into a proper container, then install the drain plug with a new washer.
  40.  
  41. Drain the oil from the differential, then install the drain plug with a new washer.
  42.  
  43. Drain the engine oil into a proper container, then install the drain plug with a new washer.
  44.  
  45. Remove the front suspension strut forks.
  46.  
  47. Disconnect the lower ball joints from the steering knuckles.
  48.  
  49. Disconnect the halfshafts from the differential and the intermediate shaft. Support the halfshafts with wire out of the way and cover the inner CV-joints with plastic bags.
  50.  
  51. Detach the A/C compressor clutch connector. Remove the compressor, without disconnecting the hoses.
  52.  
  53. Unplug the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) connector, then remove the VSS/power steering sensor. Do not disconnect the fluid hoses.
  54.  
  55. Remove the heat shields from the front exhaust pipe.
  56.  
  57. Remove the nuts attaching the front exhaust pipe to the exhaust manifolds and the catalytic converter. Remove the front exhaust pipe.
  58.  
  59. Remove the O 2 S sensor wiring harness cover and grommet, then remove the catalytic converter. Discard the nuts and gasket.
  60.  
  61. Remove the exhaust heat shield from the floor of the vehicle.
  62.  
  63. Disconnect the transaxle cooler hoses, then plug the hoses and pipes.
  64.  
  65. Remove the shift cable cover mounting bolts and remove the wiring harness clamps from the cover. Remove the shift cable cover from the transaxle.
  66.  
  67. Remove the shift cable holder from the holder base, do not lose the washers.
  68.  
  69. Remove the locknut attaching the shift cable to the control lever, then remove the shift cable.
  70.  
  71. Lower the vehicle.
  72.  
  73. Remove the upper and lower radiator hoses.
  74.  
  75. Remove the radiator assembly.
  76.  
  77. Disconnect the heater hoses.
  78.  
  79. Attach a suitable hoist to the engine lifting points.
  80.  
  81. Remove the center bracket from the front engine mounts.
  82.  
  83. Remove the center mount from the front beam.
  84.  
  85. Remove the nuts and bolts attaching the left and right engine mount brackets to the left and right brackets.
  86.  
  87. Working underneath the vehicle, remove the shift cable guide bracket.
  88.  
  89. Remove the bolts attaching the transaxle beam to the body, and loosen the three bolts on the transaxle beam.
  90.  
  91. Remove the stop holder, the mid mount stops and the mid mounts.
  92.  
  93. Verify that the engine and transaxle assembly is completely free of vacuum hoses, fuel and coolant lines and electrical wiring.
  94.  
  95. Slowly raise the engine and transaxle. Remove the left end right brackets from the front engine mounts.
  96.  
  97. Raise the engine all of the way and remove it from the vehicle.
  98.  

To install:
  1. Carefully install the engine and transaxle into the engine compartment, taking care to not hit the rear beam.
  2.  

Check carefully to be sure that the rubber mounts are not twisted or offset. Start all of the mount nuts and bolts before tightening them. This is important to help minimize engine vibrations.

  1. Install the center mount to the front beam and tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the left bracket to the left front mount and the engine mount bracket. Do not tighten the nuts and bolts at this time.
  4.  
  5. Install the right bracket to the right front mount and the engine mount bracket. Do not tighten the nuts and bolts at this time.
  6.  
  7. Install the center bracket. Tighten the bolts attaching the brackets to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm), then tighten the mount through bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the transaxle beam mounting bolts, do not tighten the bolts at this time. Loosen the bolts attaching the mount to the beam and the mount through bolt.
  10.  
  11. Install the mid mounts, then the mid mount stops. Tighten the 8mm bolts loosely, then install the stop holder.
  12.  
  13. Tighten the mid mount 10mm bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm) and tighten the 8mm bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm). Tighten the new nuts attaching the mid-mounts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm) and tighten the nuts attaching the stop holder to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Tighten the nut and bolt attaching the left bracket and the left engine mount bracket to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm). Tighten the left bracket through bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Tighten the nut and bolt attaching the right bracket and the right engine mount bracket to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm). Tighten the right bracket through bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Tighten the bolts attaching the transaxle beam to the vehicle to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm), then tighten the bolts attaching the mount to the beam to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). Tighten the three bolts attaching the bracket to the transaxle to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm), then tighten the mount through bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Remove the engine hoist.
  22.  
  23. Connect the heater hoses to the heater core at the bulkhead.
  24.  
  25. Install the radiator assembly.
  26.  
  27. Install the upper and lower radiator hoses.
  28.  
  29. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  30.  
  31. Connect the shift cable control lever to the control shaft, then install the washer and nut. Tighten the nut to 104 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  32.  
  33. Install the shift cable holder to the shift cable holder base with the mounting washers. Install the attaching bolts and tighten the bolts to 104 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  34.  
  35. Install the shift cable cover and tighten the mounting bolts to 104 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  36.  
  37. The balance of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  38.  
  39. Fill the engine and transaxle with the recommended type and amount of lubricant.
  40.  
  41. Fill the cooling system and bleed the air from the cooling system.
  42.  
  43. Connect the positive, then the negative battery cables and enter the radio security code.
  44.  
  45. Switch the ignition ON but do not engage the starter. The fuel pump should run for approximately 2 seconds, building pressure within the lines. Switch the ignition OFF , then ON 2 or 3 more times to build full system pressure. Check for fuel leaks.
  46.  
  47. Run the engine and check for leaks, check the transaxle oil level and add if necessary.
  48.  
  49. Enter the radio security code.
  50.  

1999-00 MODELS

The engine and transaxle are removed as an assembly.

  1. Do not remove the hood. Disconnect the hood support strut and reconnect it to hold the hood in a vertical position.
  2.  

The radio may contain a coded theft protection circuit. Always obtain the code number before disconnecting the battery.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable, then the positive battery cable. Remove the battery and battery support tray.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air cleaner intake duct.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the throttle cable and cruise control cable from the throttle and bracket.
  6.  
  7. Detach the engine wiring harness connector on the left side of the engine compartment.
  8.  
  9. Properly relieve the fuel pressure, as outlined in Fuel System .
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the engine fuel feed hose from the fuel filter and disconnect the fuel return hose from the fuel regulator.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the brake booster vacuum hose.
  14.  
  15. Label, then disconnect the battery cables from the under-hood fuse/relay box, then remove the under-hood fuse/relay box.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the Powertrain Control (PCM) Module wiring harness connector from the PCM.
  18.  
  19. Remove the alternator drive belt.
  20.  
  21. Remove the power steering pump belt and pump assembly leaving the hoses attached.
  22.  

Do not disconnect the power steering hoses.

  1. Detach the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) connector, then remove the VSS/power steering sensor leaving the fluid hoses attached.
  2.  
  3. Remove the radiator cap.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the front wheels and the lower splash guard.
  8.  
  9. Drain the engine coolant into a sealable container.
  10.  
  11. Drain the transaxle fluid into a proper container, then install the drain plug with a new washer.
  12.  
  13. Drain the oil from the differential, then install the drain plug with a new washer.
  14.  
  15. Drain the engine oil into a proper container, then install the drain plug with a new washer.
  16.  
  17. Detach the Heated Oxygen (HO 2 S) sensor connector and remove the front pipe assembly.
  18.  
  19. Remove the front suspension strut forks.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the lower ball joints from the steering knuckles.
  22.  
  23. Disconnect the halfshafts from the differential and the intermediate shaft by prying them outward using a suitable prytool. Support the halfshafts with wire, move out of the way and cover the inner CV-joints with plastic bags.
  24.  
  25. Remove the shift cable cover mounting bolts and remove the shift cable cover and cable from the transaxle.
  26.  
  27. Disconnect the power steering hose clamps and the engine mount control vacuum hose.
  28.  
  29. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  30.  
  31. Remove the upper and lower radiator hoses and the heater hoses.
  32.  
  33. Disconnect and plug the transaxle cooler hoses.
  34.  
  35. Remove the ground cable.
  36.  
  37. Remove the power steering hose clamp from the rear beam assembly.
  38.  
  39. Attach a suitable chain hoist to the engine lifting hooks and support the engine.
  40.  

The engine and transaxle assembly are removed by lowering it from the vehicle. Be sure the vehicle is in a position that will allow the engine and transaxle assembly enough clearance to be moved from the vehicle once it is lowered away from the vehicle.

  1. Remove the side, rear and front engine mount support fasteners.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front suspension radius rod support flange bolts.
  4.  
  5. Make alignment marks on the front beam and remove the front beam.
  6.  
  7. Remove the A/C compressor leaving the hoses attached.
  8.  
  9. Remove the rear mounts from the engine and transaxle.
  10.  
  11. Check that all hoses, cables and wires have been properly disconnected and slowly lower the engine about 6 inches (150 mm). Recheck that all hoses, cables and wires have been properly disconnected.
  12.  
  13. Carefully lower the engine/transaxle assembly from the vehicle.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Attach a suitable engine hoist and carefully raise the engine/transaxle assembly into the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the rear mounts to the engine and transaxle.
  4.  
  5. Install the A/C compressor assembly.
  6.  
  7. Align the alignment marks on the front beam and install the front beam.
  8.  
  9. Install the front suspension radius rod support flange bolts.
  10.  
  11. Install the side, rear and front engine mount support fasteners.
  12.  
  13. Remove the engine lifting hoist from the engine.
  14.  
  15. Install the power steering hose clamp to the rear beam assembly.
  16.  
  17. Install the ground cable.
  18.  
  19. Connect and the transaxle cooler hoses.
  20.  
  21. Install the upper and lower radiator hoses and the heater hoses.
  22.  
  23. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  24.  
  25. Connect the power steering hose clamps and the engine mount control vacuum hose.
  26.  
  27. Install the shift cable and the converter to the transaxle.
  28.  
  29. Connect the halfshafts to the differential and the intermediate shaft.
  30.  
  31. Connect the lower ball joints to the steering knuckles.
  32.  
  33. Install the front suspension strut forks.
  34.  
  35. Install the front pipe assembly and connect the heated O 2 S sensor connector.
  36.  
  37. Install the front wheels and the splash guard.
  38.  
  39. Install the radiator cap.
  40.  
  41. Install the VSS/power steering sensor and attach the VSS sensor connector.
  42.  
  43. Install the power steering pump.
  44.  
  45. Install the alternator and power steering drive belts.
  46.  
  47. Install the PCM wiring harness connector to the PCM.
  48.  
  49. Install the under-hood fuse/relay box and connect the battery cables to the under-hood fuse/relay box.
  50.  
  51. Attach the brake booster vacuum hose.
  52.  
  53. Connect the engine fuel feed hose to the fuel filter and connect the fuel return hose to the fuel regulator.
  54.  
  55. Attach the engine wiring harness connector on the left side of the engine compartment.
  56.  
  57. Connect the throttle cable and cruise control cable to the throttle and bracket assemblies.
  58.  
  59. Install the air cleaner intake duct.
  60.  
  61. Install the battery support tray and the battery.
  62.  
  63. Fill the engine coolant, the transaxle, the differential, and the engine oil with the recommended type and amount of fluid.
  64.  
  65. Check that all hoses, cables and wires have been properly connected.
  66.  
  67. Connect the positive battery cable, then the negative cable.
  68.  
  69. Start the engine and check for any fluid leaks. Check and top off all fluid levels as necessary.
  70.  
  71. Enter the radio security code.
  72.  

3.5L Engine

The engine and transaxle are removed as an assembly.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Move the front passenger's seat forward.
  4.  
  5. On 1996-98 models, do not remove the hood. Disconnect the hood support strut and reconnect it to hold the hood in a vertical position.
  6.  
  7. On 1999-00 models, make alignment marks between the hood and the hood hinges and remove the hood.
  8.  

The radio may contain a coded theft protection circuit. Always obtain the code number before disconnecting the battery.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable, then the positive battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the strut brace.
  4.  
  5. Remove the engine cover.
  6.  
  7. Remove the air cleaner assembly and intake duct.
  8.  
  9. Remove the throttle cable cover. Without turning the adjusting nut, loosen the locknut, which is closer to the throttle, and disconnect the throttle cable and cruise control cable from the throttle and bracket assembly.
  10.  
  11. Raise the coolant reservoir, then remove the battery and tray.
  12.  
  13. Remove the relay box, ground cable and wiring harness clips from the firewall.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the vacuum hose, the alternator and battery cables and the clamp from the under-hood fuse/relay box and remove the box.
  16.  
  17. Detach the engine wiring harness connector on the left side of the engine compartment.
  18.  
  19. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure, as outlined in Fuel System .
  20.  
  21. Remove the fuel feed hose from the fuel filter and disconnect the fuel return hose.
  22.  
  23. Remove the canister and brake booster hoses.
  24.  
  25. Detach the transaxle sub-harness connector.
  26.  
  27. Detach the connector and remove the control box.
  28.  
  29. Detach the wiring harness connectors on the right side of the engine compartment.
  30.  
  31. Disconnect the spark plug voltage detection module and remove the engine ground cables.
  32.  
  33. Remove the alternator and A/C drive belts.
  34.  
  35. Detach the Power Steering Pressure (PSP) switch connector, remove the power steering pump drive belt and the power steering pump leaving the hoses attached.
  36.  
  37. Pull the carpet back under the front passengers seat and detach the secondary Heated Oxygen (HO 2 S) sensor connector.
  38.  
  39. Remove the radiator cap.
  40.  
  41. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  42.  
  43. Remove the front tires and lower splash shield.
  44.  
  45. Drain the engine coolant, transaxle fluid, differential and engine oils and reinstall the drain plugs using new sealing washers.
  46.  
  47. Remove the front suspension damper forks.
  48.  
  49. Disconnect the lower ball joints from the steering knuckles and carefully remove the halfshafts by prying them outward using a suitable prytool. Cover the machined ends of the inner CV-joints with a plastic bag.
  50.  
  51. Detach the A/C compressor clutch connector, then remove the compressor without disconnecting the hoses.
  52.  
  53. Disconnect and remove the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) leaving the hoses attached.
  54.  
  55. Remove the transaxle stop collars.
  56.  
  57. Remove the nuts attaching the front A pipe to the exhaust manifolds and the catalytic converter. Remove the front A pipe assembly.
  58.  
  59. Remove the O 2 S sensor grommet and wire from the floor pan and the nuts attaching the catalytic converter and remove the converter.
  60.  
  61. Remove the converter heat shield.
  62.  
  63. Disconnect and plug the transaxle cooler lines.
  64.  
  65. Remove the shift cable cover, shift control solenoid valve/linear solenoid harness connector from the shift cable cover.
  66.  
  67. Disconnect the shift cable from the transaxles.
  68.  
  69. Remove the control lever from the control shaft.
  70.  
  71. Lower the vehicle to the floor.
  72.  
  73. Remove the radiator hoses and the radiator.
  74.  
  75. Disconnect the heater hoses.
  76.  
  77. Loosen the locknut on the fuel pressure regulator and rotate it 180 degrees.
  78.  
  79. Attach a chain hoist to the engine lifting eyelets.
  80.  
  81. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  82.  
  83. Remove the shift cable guide and the transaxle beam.
  84.  
  85. Remove the transaxle mount and bracket.
  86.  
  87. Lower the vehicle.
  88.  
  89. Separate the left and right front mount brackets from the mounts and disconnect the vacuum line.
  90.  
  91. Remove the nuts from the right and left engine mounts.
  92.  
  93. Raise the engine slightly, be sure all connections have be removed.
  94.  
  95. Remove the engine/transaxle from the vehicle.
  96.  

To install:

See Figure 3

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Fig. Fig. 3: View of the engine mounting bracket, including torque specifications-3.5RL

  1. Position the engine/transaxle in the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the transaxle mount bracket. Tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the vacuum hose on the right mount and install the nuts on the right and left engine mounts and tighten them to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the transaxle beam. Tighten the bolts in the sequence shown to the correct specification.
  8.  

See Figure 4

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Fig. Fig. 4: Transaxle beam bolt tightening sequence and torque specifications-3.5RL

  1. Install the bolts in the left and right front mounts. Tighten them to 52 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the shift control solenoid valve/linear solenoid harness connector, the shift cable and cover to the transaxle.
  4.  
  5. Install the control lever to the control shaft.
  6.  
  7. Install the radiator and radiator hoses.
  8.  
  9. Attach the heater hoses.
  10.  
  11. Connect the transaxle cooler lines.
  12.  
  13. Remove the chain hoist from the engine lifting eyelets.
  14.  
  15. Rotate the fuel pressure regulator 180 degrees, then tighten it.
  16.  
  17. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  18.  
  19. Install the converter heat shield.
  20.  
  21. Install the catalytic converter and the O 2 S sensor wire through the floor pan and install the grommet.
  22.  
  23. Attach the front A pipe to the exhaust manifolds and the catalytic converter.
  24.  
  25. Install the transaxle stop collars.
  26.  
  27. Install the CV-joints. Be sure the inner joint snapring seats completely.
  28.  
  29. Connect the lower ball joints to the steering knuckles.
  30.  
  31. Install the front suspension damper forks.
  32.  
  33. Connect the A/C compressor clutch connector and install the compressor.
  34.  
  35. Install and connect the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS).
  36.  
  37. Install the front tires and lower splash shield.
  38.  
  39. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  40.  
  41. Pull the carpet back under the front passengers seat and attach the HO 2 S sensor connector.
  42.  
  43. Move the front passenger's seat back to its original position.
  44.  
  45. Install the radiator cap.
  46.  
  47. Attach the Power Steering Pressure (PSP) switch connector, install the power steering pump and drive belt.
  48.  
  49. Install the alternator and A/C drive belts.
  50.  
  51. Connect the spark plug voltage detection module and install the engine ground cables.
  52.  
  53. Attach the wiring harness connectors on the right side of the engine compartment.
  54.  
  55. Attach the transaxle sub-harness connector.
  56.  
  57. Install the control box and attach the connector.
  58.  
  59. Install the relay box, ground cable and wiring harness clips to the firewall.
  60.  
  61. Install the relay box and connect the vacuum hose, the alternator and battery cables and the clamp to the under-hood fuse/relay box.
  62.  
  63. Connect the engine wiring harness connector on the left side of the engine compartment.
  64.  
  65. Install the fuel feed hose to the fuel filter and connect the fuel return hose.
  66.  
  67. Install the canister and brake booster hoses.
  68.  
  69. Raise the coolant reservoir, then install the battery and tray.
  70.  
  71. Connect the throttle cable and cruise control cable to the throttle and install the throttle cable cover..
  72.  
  73. Install the air cleaner assembly and intake duct.
  74.  
  75. Install the engine cover.
  76.  
  77. Install the strut brace.
  78.  
  79. Refill the engine, differential, and transaxle fluids with the recommended type and amount of lubricant.
  80.  
  81. Fill the cooling system with the correct mixture of coolant and bleed the cooling system as necessary.
  82.  
  83. Connect the positive battery cable, then the negative battery cable.
  84.  
  85. Start the engine and check for leaks. Recheck the fluid levels and top off as necessary.
  86.  
  87. On 1999-00 models, reinstall the hood.
  88.  

Once the battery has been disconnected the PCM module must be programmed.

  1. Reprogram the PCM as follows:
    1. Set the parking brake.
    2.  
    3. Shift the transaxle to Park or Neutral.
    4.  
    5. Allow the engine to run at 3,000 RPM until the cooling fan cycles.
    6.  
    7. Check that all electrical consumers (headlights, radio, air conditioner, etc.) are turned off.
    8.  
    9. Allow the engine to idle at normal operating temperature for five minutes.
    10.  

  2.  
  3. Enter the radio security code.
  4.  

 
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