GM Camaro/Firebird 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Transmission

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

Any time the transmission is removed for service, it must be taken to a reputable transmission repair shop to be flushed.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. For 1997-98 vehicles, remove the air cleaner duct assembly and detach the electrical connector from the Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor.
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  5. For 1993 vehicles, disconnect the TV cable from the throttle lever.
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  7. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  9. For 1993-96 vehicles, perform the following:
    1. Matchmark the position of the driveshaft to the pinion yoke, then remove the driveshaft from the vehicle.
    2.  
    3. Safely support the transmission assembly.
    4.  
    5. Remove the nut and washer from the support and transmission assembly.
    6.  
    7. Unfasten the bolts/screws from the support and rail assembly.
    8.  
    9. Remove the rear axle torque arm.
    10.  
    11. Remove the catalytic converter hanger assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Automatic transmission support mounting-1993-96 vehicles

  1. For 1997-98 vehicles, perform the following:
    1. Remove the catalytic converter.
    2.  
    3. Detach the range selector cable from the transmission.
    4.  
    5. Remove the center support bearing from the torque arm.
    6.  
    7. Remove the driveshaft.
    8.  
    9. Support the rear axle with a suitable jack.
    10.  
    11. Remove the rear axle torque arm.
    12.  
    13. Remove the starter motor.
    14.  
    15. For 3.8L engines, loosen the right side rear engine mount bracket. Remove the bolts/screws from the transmission support braces, then remove the braces from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the transmission brace mounting-3.8L engine

  1. Unfasten the converter cover retaining bolts/screws, then remove the cover from the transmission.
  2.  
  3. Matchmark the position of the converter to the flywheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the converter bolts/screws, then remove flywheel from the converter.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the flywheel-to-converter mounting-1993-96 vehicles

  1. If necessary for access, reposition the catalytic converter heat shield.
  2.  
  3. For 1993-96 vehicles, disconnect the transmission range selector cable assembly.
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  5. Detach the transmission oil cooler pipes from their retaining clips.
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  7. Tag and unplug the transmission electrical connectors.
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  9. For 1997-98 vehicles, use a suitable transmission jack to support the transmission. Remove the transmission support.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Automatic transmission support and mounts-1997-98 vehicles

  1. Unfasten the retaining bolts/screws, then remove the transmission fluid level indicator.
  2.  
  3. Separate the transmission from the engine block. Attach tool J 21366 or equivalent holding strap to retain the torque converter when moving the transmission.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the TV cable from the transmission assembly.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the transmission oil cooler lines.
  8.  
  9. Carefully lower the transmission from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Transmission-to-engine attachment-3.4L engine



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Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of engine-to-transmission mounting-3.8L engine



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Fig. Fig. 7: Exploded view of the transmission-to-engine mounting-1993-96 5.7L engine



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Fig. Fig. 8: Transmission-to-engine attachment-1997-98 5.7L engine

Any time the transmission is removed for service, it must be taken to a reputable transmission repair shop to be flushed.

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  3. Note the following important steps:
    1. For 3.4L and 3.8L engines, tighten the transmission mounting bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
    2.  
    3. For 5.7L engine, tighten the transmission mounting bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
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    5. Tighten the flywheel bolts to 46 ft. lbs. (63 Nm) and the converter cover bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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    7. Tighten the support washer and nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
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  5. Adjust the transmission shift control lever cable.
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  7. Adjust the transmission TV cable.
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Fig. Fig. 9: You must set the transmission TV cable assembly-part rotated 90 degrees

  1. Add the proper type and amount of fluid to the transmission.
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ADJUSTMENTS



Shift Control Cable

See Figures 10 and 11



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Fig. Fig. 10: Shift cable attachment at the console



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Fig. Fig. 11: Shift cable attachment at the transmission

  1. Place the control lever in N .
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  3. Raise the car and support it with jackstands.
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  5. Loosen the cable attachment at the shift lever.
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  7. Rotate the shift lever clockwise to the park detent and then back to neutral.
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  9. Tighten cable attachment to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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The lever must be held out of

P when tightening the nut.

Shift Linkage
  1. Place the manual shaft of the transmission in N . Place the console shift lever in N .
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  3. Install the cable in the slot of the shift lever. Adjust the cable so that the pin has free movement.
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  5. Install and tighten the nut to the pin.
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Throttle Valve Cable

See Figures 12 and 13



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Fig. Fig. 12: TV cable and linkage



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Fig. Fig. 13: TV cable adjustment

  1. After installation of the cable to the transmission, engine bracket, and the cable actuating lever, check to assure that the cable slider is in the zero or fully re-adjusted position.
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  3. If cable slider is not in zero or fully re-adjusted, depress and hold the metal re-adjust tab. Move the slider back through the fitting in the direction away from the cable actuating lever until the slider stops against the fitting. Release the metal re-adjust tab.
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  5. Rotate the cable actuating lever to its full travel position.
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  7. The slider must move (ratchet) forward when the lever is rotated to the full travel position.
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  9. Release the lever.
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