Chevrolet Citation/Omega/Phoenix/Skylark 1980-1985 Repair Guide

Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Throttle Valve (TV) or detent cable routing-4-cylinder engine



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Fig. Fig. 2 TV or detent cable routing and attachment-V6 engine



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Fig. Fig. 3 Transaxle strut removal and installation



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Fig. Fig. 4 Automatic transaxle-to-engine mounting



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Fig. Fig. 5 Upper and lower speedometer cable attachment



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Fig. Fig. 6 If equipped with cruise control, disconnect the speedometer cable from the transducer



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Fig. Fig. 7 Column shift cable mounting



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Fig. Fig. 8 Console shift cable routing and attachment



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Fig. Fig. 9 Unfasten the nuts attaching the stabilizer bar to the driver side lower control arm



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Fig. Fig. 10 View of the stabilizer bar-to-cradle mounting



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Fig. Fig. 11 Disconnect the front and rear transaxle mounts from the cradle



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Fig. Fig. 12 View of the split cradle



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Fig. Fig. 13 If so equipped, remove the top bolt from the lower front transaxle shock absorber-V6 models



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Fig. Fig. 14 Remove the halfshafts from the transaxle



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Fig. Fig. 15 Converter and starter shield mounting-4-cylinder engine



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Fig. Fig. 16 View of the converter and starter shield mounting-V6 engine



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Fig. Fig. 17 Transaxle extension-to-engine bracket mounting-4-cylinder engine



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Fig. Fig. 18 View of the transaxle extension-to-engine bracket attachment-V6 engine

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the transaxle. Tape the wire to the upper radiator hose to keep it out of the way.
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  3. Slide the detent cable in the opposite direction of the cable to remove it from the carburetor.
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  5. Unbolt the detent cable attaching bracket at the transaxle.
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  7. Pull up on the detent cable cover at the transaxle until the cable is exposed. Disconnect the cable from the rod.
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  9. Remove the two transaxle strut bracket bolts at the transaxle, if equipped.
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  11. Remove all the engine-to-transaxle bolts except the one near the starter. The one nearest the firewall is installed from the engine side; you will need a short handled box wrench or ratchet to reach it.
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  13. Loosen, but do not remove the engine-to-transaxle bolt near the starter.
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  15. Disconnect the speedometer cable at the upper and lower coupling. On cars with cruise control, remove the speedometer cable at the transducer.
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  17. Remove the retaining clip and washer from the shift linkage at the transaxle. Remove the two shift linkage bracket bolts.
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  19. Disconnect and plug the two fluid cooler lines at the transaxle. These are inch-size fittings ( 1 / 2 and 11 / 16 ); use a back-up wrench to avoid twisting the lines.
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  21. Install an engine holding chain or hoist. Raise the engine enough to take its weight off the mounts.
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  23. Unlock the steering column and raise the car.
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  25. Remove the two nuts holding the anti sway (stabilizer) bar to the left lower control arm (driver's side).
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  27. Remove the four bolts attaching the covering plate over the stabilizer bar to the engine cradle on the left side (driver's side).
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  29. Loosen but do not remove the four bolts holding the stabilizer bar bracket to the right side (passenger's side) of the engine cradle. Pull the bar down on the driver's side.
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  31. Disconnect the front and rear transaxle mounts at the engine cradle.
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  33. Remove the two rear center crossmember bolts.
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  35. Remove the three right (passenger) side front engine cradle attaching bolts. The nuts are accessible under the splash shield next to the frame rail.
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  37. Remove the top bolt from the lower front transaxle shock absorber, if equipped (V6 engine only).
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  39. Remove the left (driver) side front and rear cradle-to-body bolts.
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  41. Remove the left front wheel. Attach an axle shaft removing tool (GM part No. J-28468 or the equivalent) to a slide hammer. Place the tool behind the axle shaft cones and pull the cones out away from the transaxle. Remove the right shaft in the same manner. Set the shafts out of the way. Plug the openings in the transaxle to prevent fluid leakage and the entry of dirt.
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  43. Swing the partial engine cradle to the left (driver) side and wire it out of the way outboard of the fender well.
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  45. Remove the four torque converter and starter shield bolts. Remove the shield. Remove the two transaxle extension bolts from the engine-to-transaxle bracket.
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  47. Attach a transaxle jack to the case.
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  49. Use a felt pen to matchmark the torque converter and flywheel. Remove the three torque converter-to-flywheel bolts.
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  51. Remove the transaxle-to-engine bolt near the starter. Remove the transaxle by sliding it to the left, away from the engine.
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  53. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. As the transaxle is installed, slide the right axle shaft into the case. Install the cradle-to-body bolts before the stabilizer bar is installed. To aid in stabilizer bar installation, a pry hole has been provided in the engine cradle.
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