Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
Drain the transaxle.
Drain the power steering system.
Remove the engine appearance covers.
Remove the drivers side center console lower panel and pull back the cover to access steering joint cover.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Steering joint bolt
Steering joint from the steering gearbox pinion shaft
Air intake assembly
Power steering pump hose and the clamp bolt
Transmission breather tube
Cooler hose from the clamp on the starter
Transaxle oil cooler lines
Shift control solenoid valve connectors
Transaxle ground cable
8P connector from the bracket and the connector
Clutch pressure switch connectors
Joint connector and transmission range switch connector from the brackets
Countershaft speed sensor connector
Heated Oxygen (HO
S) sensor connectors
Transmission housing mounting bolts
Nut from the front mount and the ground cable from the engine
Bulkhead cover, windshield wiper arms, cowl cover sealing and cover
Install a support fixture to the engine lifting eyes.
Front sub-frame stiffener
Exhaust front pipe
Lower control arms from the knuckle
Stabilizer bar links
Tie rod ends from the knuckle
Left driveshaft from the differential
Right driveshaft from the intermediate shaft
Propeller shaft from the companion flange
Shift cable cover and holder
Shift control cable and lever
Install a 6 x 1 x 14mm bolt and nut on the cable cover, then reinstall the cable cover to the torque converter housing. If this is not done, the bolt head of the cable cover may prevent torque converter removal.
Engine-to-torque converter bolts
Power steering pressure switch connection
Power steering hose clamp, then the hose from the pipe at the sub-frame
Transmission lower mount nuts
Matchmark the front subframe to the vehicle body.
Support the sub-frame with a 4 x 4 x 50 inch piece of wood and a jack.
Fig. Support the sub-frame with a 4 x 4 x 50 inch piece of wood and a jack
Transaxle lower mounts
Driveshafts from the differential and intermediate shaft
Transmission front mount bracket
Transmission flange bolts
Fig. Support the engine while removing the transaxle-MDX
Use new circlips, split pins and self-locking nuts for assembly.
Installation is the reverse of removal. Please note the following specifications:
Transmission housing bolts and harness clamp bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
Transmission housing bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
Front mount bracket bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
Intermediate shaft bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm)
Raise the subframe into position and align the matchmarks. Tighten the subframe bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm). Tighten the front subframe bracket bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm) and the rear bracket bolts to 86 ft. lbs. (117 Nm).
Rear engine mount bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
Engine-to-torque converter bolts. Tighten the 6 x 1 mm bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm), 10 x 1.25mm bolt to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
Front motor mount nut to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
Fill the transaxle to the correct level.
Start the engine and check for leaks.
Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.