Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Transmission

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise and support the car safely.
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  3. Drain the transmission. If it doesn't have a drain plug, you can get most of the lubricant out by using a suction gun at the fill hole. Remove the shift rods from the transmission levers.
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  5. After marking both parts for reassembly, detach the driveshaft and the rear universal joint.
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WARNING
Don't nick or scratch the ground surface on the sliding spline yoke.

  1. Disconnect the speedometer cable and back-up light switch. Remove the console, if necessary, and unbolt the shifter from the extension housing on floor-shift models. The shift lever unbolts from the shifter.
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  3. Unfasten the transmission extension housing from the center crossmember and jack up the engine and transmission about 1 in.
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  5. Remove the center crossmember.
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  7. On some models it may be necessary to disconnect or loosen the exhaust system and position it to one side to gain clearance in order to remove the transmission.
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  9. Support the transmission on a jack. Remove the bolts which secure the transmission to the clutch housing.
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  11. Slide the transmission toward the rear until the input shaft clears the clutch disc. Lower the transmission and remove it from the car.
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  13. Installation is the reverse of removal. Lubricate the input shaft pilot bearing in the flywheel and the bearing retainer pilot (for the clutch release sleeve). Do not lubricate the clutch splines or the clutch release levers. Tighten the transmission to clutch housing bolts to 50 ft. lbs.
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