REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
On the automatic transaxle, the torque converter is bolted to the flexplate. The flexplate serves as the ring gear with which the starter pinion engages in engine cranking. The flexplate occasionally cracks; the teeth on the ring gear may also break, especially if the starter is often engaged while the pinion is still spinning. The torque converter and flexplate are separated so the converter and transaxle can be removed together.
- Remove the automatic transaxle and torque convertor together as described in Drive Train .
- Remove the attaching bolts, then remove the flexplate (matchmark flexplate location if possible for correct installation). Remove the flexplate.
The flexplate-to-converter bolts must not be reused. Install new bolts whenever these bolts are removed.
- Inspect the flexplate for cracks, and inspect the ring gear for burrs or worn teeth. Replace the flexplate if any damage is apparent. Remove the burrs with a file.
- Install the flexplate. Most flexplates will only attach to the crankshaft in one position, as the bolt holes are unevenly spaced and/or the crankshaft is fitted with a dowel pin. Install the bolts, tightening the flexplate-to-converter mounting bolts to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm) using a crisscross pattern.
- Install the transaxle assembly as specified in Drive Train .