Continental 2000-2002

Transaxle Removal & Installation

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NOTE
Disable the air suspension before raising the vehicle. The switch is located on the left side of the luggage compartment.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Turn the air suspension switch to the OFF position.
  4.  
  5. Attach a powertrain support fixture to the engine lifting eyes.
  6.  
  7. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Battery and battery tray
     
    Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor connector
     
    Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor connector
     
    Air cleaner assembly
     
    Transaxle control harness connector
     
    Transaxle range sensor
     
    Turbine shaft speed sensor connector
     
    Shift cable
     
    Transaxle oil cooler lines
     
    Front wheels
     
    Suspension height sensors
     
    Wheel speed sensors
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Lower ball joints
     
    Stabilizer bar links
     
    Halfshafts
     
    Heated Oxygen (HO 2 S) sensor connectors
     
    Dual converter Y-pipe
     
    Starter
     
    Left, right and rear engine support insulators
     
    Subframe
     
    Transaxle housing cover
     
    Torque converter
     
    Transaxle flange bolts
     

  10.  
  11. Separate the transaxle from the engine and lower it from the vehicle.
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To install:


NOTE
When installing suspension components and halfshafts, use new nuts, bolts, circlips and split pins.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Transaxle. Tighten the flange bolts to 25-34 ft. lbs. (34-46 Nm).
     
    Torque converter. Tighten the nuts to 20-34 ft. lbs. (27-46 Nm).
     
    Transaxle housing cover
     

  2.  
  3. Install the subframe. Use 2 pieces of 3 / 4 inch outside diameter pipe in the alignment holes behind the front subframe mounts to align the subframe to the body. Tighten the subframe mounting bolts to 57-76 ft. lbs. (77-103 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Left, right and rear engine support insulators. Tighten the through-bolts to 64-88 ft. lbs. (87-119 Nm).
     
    Starter. Tighten the bolt and stud to 15-21 ft. lbs. (21-29 Nm).
     
    Dual converter Y-pipe
     
    HO 2 S sensor connectors
     
    Halfshafts
     
    Stabilizer bar links. Tighten the nuts to 30-40 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm).
     
    Lower ball joints. Tighten the pinch bolts to 50-68 ft. lbs. (68-92 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends. Tighten the nuts to 35-46 ft. lbs. (47-63 Nm).
     
    Wheel speed sensors
     
    Suspension height sensors
     
    Front wheels
     
    Transaxle oil cooler lines
     
    Shift cable
     
    Turbine shaft speed sensor connector
     
    Transaxle range sensor
     
    Transaxle control harness connector
     
    Air cleaner assembly
     
    MAF sensor connector
     
    IAT sensor connector
     
    Battery and battery tray
     

  6.  
  7. Fill the transaxle.
  8.  
  9. Check for leaks and proper operation.
    NOTE
    Whenever the subframe is removed or lowered, the wheel alignment should be checked.

  10.  

  1. Transaxle removal in these vehicles necessitates the dropping of the sub-frame assembly.
  2.  
  3. If it is necessary to remove the transaxle for repair, follow the same procedure as the engine removal.
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