Corvette 2005-2008

Transaxle Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Both rear wheels
     
    Folding top stowage compartment lid extension panel (on convertible models)
     
    Traction control/ride control switch
     
    Console retaining nut covers
     
    Console retaining nuts
     
    Accessory plug electrical connector
     
    Fuel door release electrical connector
     
    Console
     
    Shift control knob button
     
    Shift control knob retainer
     
    Shift control knob
     
    Shift control boot by grabbing both sides and pulling it in toward the lever
     
    Ashtray
     
    Trim plate grill
     
    Retaining screws located behind the grill and behind the ashtray
     
    Instrument panel accessory trim plate
     
    Shift control closeout boot retaining nuts and boot
     
    Shift rod clamp bolt
     
    Shift control mounting bolts
     
    Shift control assembly
     
    Courtesy lamp
     
    Left side lower closeout panel while guiding the courtesy lamp through the hole
     
    Clutch master cylinder pushrod retainer and the pushrod from the pedal
     
    Clutch actuator cylinder hose from the retainer clip
     
    Clutch actuator hose from the master cylinder hose
     
    Rear wheels
     
    Intermediate exhaust pipe and secure the mufflers out of the way
     
    Driveline closeout panel
     
    Rear transverse spring
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Lower shock absorber bolts
     
    Lower ball joints
     

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  5. Support the transmission
    WARNING
    Do not lower the top rear portion of the differential past the bottom of the storage compartment or the PCV pipe will hit the dash panel possibly causing damage.



    Wiring harness and brake lines from the suspension crossmember
     
    Lower transmission-to-differential nut
     
    Transmission mount-to-crossmember nuts
     
    Rear suspension crossmember nuts
     
    Transmission mount and bracket from the differential
     
    Axle shafts from the differential and position them out of the way
     
    Wiring harness from the driveline support assembly
     
    Harness clip from the top of the differential

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    Fig. Insert a flat-bladed tool between the shifter bracket and brake line retainer before lowering the transmission assembly



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    Fig. Driveline support-to-transmission mounting

     

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  7. Lower the transmission enough to remove the wiring harness from the top of the assembly.
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  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) electrical connector
     
    Backup lamp switch electrical connector
     
    Reverse lockout solenoid electrical connector
     
    Gear select (skip shift) solenoid electrical connector
     
    Transmission fluid temperature sensor electrical connector (if equipped)
     

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  11. Support the rear of the engine

    Driveline support-to-bell housing bolts
     
    Driveline support assembly out of the bell housing while moving the assembly rearward
     

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  13. Carefully lower the assembly away from the vehicle while simultaneously adjusting the angle.
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  15. Attach a chain hoist to the assembly, then remove it from the jack and place it on a workbench.
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  17. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Driveline support-to-transmission mounting bolts. Carefully pry the driveline assembly away from the transmission while guiding the shift rod through the opening in the driveline support
     
    Transmission shift rod from the transmission
     
    Transmission-to-differential mounting bolts and separate the differential from the transmission
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Differential to the transmission and torque the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
     
    Transmission shift rod
     
    Driveline support to the transmission and torque the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
     

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  3. To aid in later installation place a rubber band around the shift rod then tape the shift rod to the driveline support assembly.

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    Fig. Place a rubber band on the shift rod, then tape the rod to the driveline support assembly

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  5. Place the assembly on the transmission jack with a chain hoist.
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  7. Begin to raise the assembly into the vehicle while loosely installing the wiring harness along the driveline assembly retaining slots.
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  9. Have an assistant guide the front of the driveline support to the bell housing.
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  11. Be sure the driveline assembly is at the same angle as the engine before trying to install it.
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  13. Install or connect the following:

    Input propeller shaft into the clutch disc
     
    Wiring harness bracket to align with the appropriate hole in the driveline assembly
     
    Driveline support-to-flywheel housing bolts and torque them to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
     
    Wiring harness to the retainer on the top of the transmission and attach the connectors
     
    Transmission fluid temperature sensor electrical connector (if equipped)
     
    Gear select/skip shift solenoid electrical connector
     
    Reverse lockout solenoid electrical connector
     
    Backup lamp switch electrical connector
     
    Wiring harness to the top of the differential
     
    VSS electrical connector
     
    Axle shafts in the differential
     
    Transmission mount on the differential and torque the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
     
    Rear suspension crossmember and torque the nuts to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
     
    Transmission mount-to-crossmember nuts and torque them to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
     
    Lower transmission-to-differential nut and torque it to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
     
    Wiring harness and brake line retainers to the crossmember
     
    Lower ball joints and torque the nuts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm)
     
    Shock absorber lower mounting bolts and torque them to 162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm)
     
    Outer tie rod ends and torque the nuts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm) plus an additional 160 degrees
     
    Transverse spring and torque the mounting bolts to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm)
     
    Clutch actuator hose to the master cylinder hose
     
    Clutch actuator hose to the retaining clip
     
    Driveline tunnel closeout panel and torque the bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
     
    Muffler assemblies
     
    Intermediate exhaust pipe and torque the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
     
    Rear wheels
     
    Clutch master cylinder pushrod to the clutch pedal
     
    Clutch master cylinder pushrod retainer
     
    Left lower closeout panel
     
    Courtesy lamp
     

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  15. Pull up the shift rod to break the tape and hook the rubber band on the rear stud on the top of the driveline tunnel.

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    Fig. Pull the shift rod up to break the tape and hook the rubber band on the rear stud



    Shift control assembly and torque the bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm)
     
    Shift control closeout boot and torque the nuts to 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm)
     
    Instrument panel accessory trim plate
     
    Shift control boot
     
    Shift control knob
     
    Shift control knob retainer and button
     
    Console
     
    Fuel door release electrical connector
     
    Accessory plug electrical connector
     
    Console retaining nuts and torque them to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
     
    Console retaining nut covers
     
    Traction control/ride control switch
     
    Folding top stowage compartment lid extension panel
     
    Rear wheels
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  17. Bleed the clutch system.
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