Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Manual Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 6

  1. Disconnect both battery cables, negative side first. Remove the battery, battery tray and, on the Sebring coupe and Avenger, the stay brace.
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  3. Remove the air cleaner and intake hoses.
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  5. Drain the transaxle into a suitable waste container.
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  7. Remove the select and shift cables from the transaxle.
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  9. Disconnect the back-up light switch harness and position it aside.
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  11. Disengage the speedometer electrical harness from the transaxle assembly.
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  13. Remove the starter motor.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Secure the engine assembly with an appropriate support fixture

  1. Using engine assembly support tool 7137 or C-4852, or equivalent, secure the engine assembly.
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  3. Remove the rear roll stopper mounting bracket.
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  5. Remove the transaxle mount bracket.
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  7. Remove the upper transaxle mounting bolts.
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  9. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  11. Remove the front wheel assemblies.
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  13. Remove the undercover.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Insert a prybar between the transaxle and halfshaft (driveshaft) assembly during halfshaft removal



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Fig. Fig. 3: Plug the opening in the transaxle to prevent any foreign material from entering

  1. Remove the halfshaft assemblies. Plug the halfshaft openings in the transaxle assembly to prevent foreign material from entering.
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  3. On Sebring coupe and Avenger, remove the clutch release cylinder and, without disconnecting the hydraulic line, secure it to the chassis.
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  5. Remove the cover from the transaxle bell housing.
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  7. Remove the engine front roll stopper through-bolt.
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  9. Remove the centermember.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Support the transaxle using a transaxle jack



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the driveplate (flexplate) clutch bolts



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the lower engine-to-transaxle mounting bolts

  1. Support the transaxle, using a transaxle jack.
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  3. Rotate the engine clockwise to gain access to the flexplate clutch bolts. Remove the flexplate clutch bolts.
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  5. Remove the lower engine-to-transaxle mounting bolts.
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  7. Slide the transaxle rearward and carefully lower it from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Please note the following important steps.
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  3. The following items must be tightened to the specifications listed.

    Tighten the transaxle-to-engine mounting bolts to 70 ft. lbs (95 Nm).
     
    Tighten the transaxle bellhousing cover bolts to 7 ft. lbs. (9 Nm).
     
    Tighten the centermember front mounting bolts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) and the rear bolt to 54 ft. lbs. (73 Nm). Install the front engine roll stopper through-bolt and lightly tighten. Once the full weight of the engine is on the mounts, tighten the bolt to 42 ft. lbs. (57 Nm).
     
    Tighten the damper fork-to-lower control arm through-bolt to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
     
    Tighten the stabilizer link-to-damper fork nut to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Install the transaxle mount bracket to the transaxle, and tighten the mounting nuts to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
     
    Tighten the transaxle mount through-bolt to 51 ft. lbs. (69 Nm).
     

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  5. Check to make sure that all fasteners are tightened and connections made.
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  7. Make sure the vehicle is level, and refill the transaxle.
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  9. Check the transaxle for proper operation. Make sure the reverse lights come on when the gear selector is in Reverse.
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