REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The ring gear is an integral part of the flywheel and is not replaceable.
- Remove the transaxle from the vehicle, as outlined in Drive Train of this repair guide.
- Mark the flywheel to the crankshaft for identification during replacement.
- Unfasten the bolts attaching the flywheel to the crankshaft flange, then remove the flywheel.
- Inspect the flywheel for cracks, and inspect the ring gear for burrs or worn teeth. Replace the flywheel if any damage is apparent. Remove burrs with a mill file.
- Install the flywheel. Most flywheels will only attach to the crankshaft in one position, as the bolt holes are unevenly spaced, but use your marks as a guide.
Install the retaining bolts and tighten to the following specifications:
- 1987-91 vehicles: 61 ft. lbs. (82 Nm).
- 1992-94 vehicles: 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm), plus an additional 50° rotation.
- 1995-99 vehicles, except 1995 3.8L (VIN K and 1) engine: 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm), plus an additional 50° rotation.
- 1995 3.8L (VIN K and 1) engine: 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm).
- Mount a suitable dial indicator on the engine block, then check the flywheel run-out at the three attaching bosses. The crankshaft end-play must be held in one direction during this check. Run-out should not exceed 0.015 in. (0.381mm).
- If the run-out exceeds 0.015 in. (0.381mm), try to correct by lightly tapping the high side with a rubber mallet.
- If the condition cannot be corrected, the flywheel must be replaced.