REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The flywheel on manual transaxle cars serves as the forward clutch engagement surface. It also serves as the ring gear with which the starter pinion engages to crank the engine. The most common reason to replace the flywheel is broken teeth on the starter ring gear. To remove it, remove the transaxle as described in Drive Train . Then, unbolt and remove the clutch and pressure plate. Finally, support the flywheel in a secure manner and remove the seven or eight attaching bolts and remove the flywheel (matchmark flywheel location if possible for correct installation).
On automatic transaxle cars, the torque converter actually forms part of the flywheel. It is bolted to a thin flexplate which, in turn, is bolted to the crankshaft. The flexplate also 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 and remove the flexplate (matchmark flexplate location if possible for correct installation).
Install the flywheel/flexplate to the crankshaft, tightening the flywheel-to-crankshaft mounting bolts as follows:
After installation of the flywheel or flexplate, reinstall the transaxle. For more details, refer to Drive Train .