GM Malibu/Cutlass 1997-2000

Automatic Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Typical engine support fixture needed to hold the engine in place as the transaxle is being removed from the bottom of the vehicle


NOTE
Special lifting and support equipment is required for this procedure. The engine must be supported from above to hold the weight of the engine. The subframe and transaxle are lowered out from the bottom of the vehicle. This is not a job for the inexperienced or ill-equipped.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the air cleaner assembly.
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  5. Disconnect the shift linkage from the transaxle.
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  7. Detach the wiring connections from the transaxle.
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  9. Install an engine support fixture.
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  11. Unfasten the upper engine-to-transaxle bolts.
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  13. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  15. Remove both front tire and wheel assemblies. Remove the left and right splash shields.
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  17. Remove both front ABS wheel speed sensors and the harness from the left suspension support.
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  19. Remove both outer tie rods from the steering knuckle, as outlined in .
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  21. Separate both ball joints from the steering knuckle, as outlined in .
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  23. Remove the front suspension support brace, then remove the engine mount strut from the strut mount bracket.
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  25. Support the suspension support assembly, then remove the bolts. Loosen the suspension support assembly enough to disconnect the steering coupling and both power steering fluid lines.
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  27. Remove both drive axles (halfshafts) from the transaxle, then support them.
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  29. Unfasten the engine-to-transaxle brace.
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  31. Remove the shift cable bracket.
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  33. As outlined in of this guide, remove the starter.
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  35. Unfasten the retaining bolts, then remove the transaxle converter cover/shield.
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  37. Matchmark the flexplate-to-torque converter for reassembly, then unfasten the torque converter-to-flexplate bolts.
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  39. Disconnect and plug the transaxle cooler pipes. Remove the brake hose bracket-to-body bolts.
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  41. Unfasten the transaxle mount pipe expansion bolt.
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  43. Unfasten the transaxle mount-to-body bolts.
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  45. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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  47. Lower the transaxle with the engine support fixture enough to remove the transaxle.
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  49. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  51. Support the transaxle with a suitable jack.
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  53. Unfasten the remaining transaxle-to-engine bolts, then remove the transaxle from the vehicle.
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