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

Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Engine-to-manual transaxle mounting



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Fig. Fig. 2 View of the transaxle and engine cradle assembly

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the transaxle case.
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  3. Remove the two transaxle strut bracket bolts on the left side of the engine compartment, if so equipped.
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  5. Remove the top four engine-to-transaxle bolts, and the one at the rear near the firewall. The one at the rear is installed from the engine side.
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  7. Loosen the engine-to-transaxle bolt near the starter, but do not remove.
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  9. Disconnect the speedometer cable at the transaxle, or at the speed control transducer on cars so equipped.
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  11. Remove the retaining clip and washer from the shift linkage at the transaxle. Remove the clips holding the cables to the mounting bosses on the case.
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  13. Support the engine with a lifting chain.
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  15. Unlock the steering column and raise and support the car. Drain the transaxle. Remove the two nuts attaching the stabilizer bar to the left lower control arm. Remove the four bolts which attach the left retaining plate to the engine cradle. The retaining plate covers and holds the stabilizer bar.
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  17. Loosen the four bolts holding the right stabilizer bracket.
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  19. Disconnect and remove the exhaust pipe if necessary.
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  21. Pull the stabilizer bar down on the left side.
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  23. Remove the four nuts and disconnect the front and rear transaxle mounts from the engine cradle. Remove the two rear center crossmember bolts.
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  25. Remove the three right side front cradle attaching bolts. They are accessible under the splash shield.
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  27. Remove the top bolt from the lower front transaxle shock absorber, if so equipped.
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  29. Remove the left front wheel. Remove the front cradle-to-body bolts on the left side, and the rear cradle-to-body bolts.
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  31. Pull the left side drive shaft from the transaxle using GM special tool J-28468 or the equivalent. The right side axle shaft will simply disconnect from the case. When the transaxle is removed, the right shaft can be swung out of the way. A boot protector should be used when disconnecting the driveshafts.
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  33. Swing the cradle to the left side. Secure out of the way, outboard of the fender well.
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  35. Remove the flywheel and starter shield bolts, and remove the shields.
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  37. Remove the two transaxle extension bolts from the engine-to-transaxle bracket, if equipped.
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  39. Place a jack under the transaxle case. Remove the last engine-to-transaxle bolt. Pull the transaxle to the left, away from the engine, then down and out from under the car.
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  41. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  43. Position the right axle shaft into its bore as the transaxle is being installed.
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  45. When the transaxle is bolted to the engine, swing the cradle into position and install the cradle-to-body bolts immediately. Be sure to guide the left axle shaft into place as the cradle is moved back into position.
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