Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 6-CYL 1988-1995 Repair Information

Transaxle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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Identify the correct manual transaxle model, year coverage or vehicle model before starting this procedure. Refer to the correct service procedure for your vehicle.

Different transaxles are used according to application. It is important to use the round identification tag screwed to the top of the case when obtaining parts for exact parts matching. The tag should be reinstalled for future reference.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Loosen, but do not remove, the lug nuts on the two front wheels.
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If the vehicle is going to be rolled while the transaxle is out of the vehicle, obtain 2 outer CV-joints to install to the hubs. If the vehicle is rolled without the proper torque applied to the front wheel bearings, the bearings will no longer be usable.

  1. Remove the air cleaner assembly with all ducts. Remove the upper bell housing bolts. Disconnect the reverse light switch and the ground wire.
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  3. Remove the starter attaching nut and bolt at the top of the bell housing.
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  5. Raise the vehicle and support safely with jackstands. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies. Remove the axle end cotter pins, nut locks, spring washers and axle nuts.
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  7. Remove the ball joint retaining bolts and pry the control arm from the steering knuckle. Position a drain pan under the transaxle where the axles enter the differential or extension housing. Remove the axles from the transaxle or center bearing. Unbolt the center bearing and remove the intermediate axle from the transaxle, if equipped.
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  9. Remove the anti-rotation link from the crossmember. Disconnect the shifter cables from the transaxle and unbolt the cable bracket.
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  11. Remove the speedometer gear adaptor bolt and remove the adaptor from the transaxle.
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  13. Remove the rear mount from the starter, unbolt the starter and position it aside (hang it from the vehicle's frame using strong wire or cord).
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  15. Using a floor jack or an over-the-engine support crossmember apparatus, support the weight of the engine.
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Fig. Fig. 1: A special support fixture should be used, however a second floor jack can also be used

  1. Remove the engine's left bank motor mount (near the radiator) and bracket.
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  3. Position a suitable transaxle jack under the transaxle.
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  5. Remove the lower bell housing bolts.
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  7. Remove the left side splash shield. Remove the transaxle mount bolts.
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  9. Carefully pry the transaxle from the engine.
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  11. Slide the transaxle toward the driver's side of the vehicle until the input shaft clears the clutch disc.
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  13. Pull the transaxle completely away from the clutch housing and remove it from the vehicle by lowering the transaxle support jack.
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  15. To prepare the vehicle for rolling, support the engine with a suitable support (a specially designed apparatus which holds the engine in place from above by bolting to the engine compartment inner fenders) or reinstall the front motor mount to the engine. Then, reinstall the ball joints to the steering knuckle and install the retaining bolt. Install the obtained outer CV-joints to the hubs, install the washers and tighten the axle nuts to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm). It is easier to tighten the hub nut by installing the wheel assemblies and lowering the vehicle until the tires are resting on the ground, which will hold the hubs in place. The vehicle may now be safely rolled.
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To install:
  1. Lubricate the pilot bushing and input shaft splines very lightly with high temperature lubricant.
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  3. Mount the transaxle securely on a suitable jack. Lift it in place until the input shaft is centered in the clutch housing opening. Roll the transaxle toward the passenger's side of the vehicle until the input shaft splines fully engage with the clutch disc and install the transaxle to clutch housing bolts.
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  5. Raise the transaxle and install the left side mount bolts.
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  7. Install the front motor mount and bracket.
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  9. Remove the engine and transaxle support fixtures.
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  11. Install the starter to the transaxle and install the lower bolt finger-tight.
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  13. Install a new O-ring to the speedometer cable adaptor and install to the extension housing; make sure it snaps in place. Install the retaining bolt.
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  15. Install the shift cable bracket and snap the cable ends in place. Install the anti-rotation link.
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  17. Install the axles and center bearing, if equipped. Install the ball joints to the steering knuckles. Tighten the axle nuts to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm) and install new cotter pins. Fill the transaxle with SAE 5W-30 engine oil until the level is even with the bottom of the filler hole. Install the splash shield and install the wheels. Lower the vehicle.
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  19. Install the upper bell housing bolts.
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  21. Install the starter attaching nut and bolt at the top of the bell housing. Raise the vehicle and tighten the starter bolt from under the vehicle. Lower the vehicle.
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  23. Connect the reverse light switch and the ground wire.
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  25. Install the air cleaner assembly.
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  27. Connect the negative battery cable and check the transaxle for proper operation. Make sure the reverse lights are on when in Reverse.
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