Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Transaxle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-89 Accord and 1984-87 Prelude

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery and the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. Unlock the steering and place the transaxle in Neutral.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the positive battery cable from the battery, then the starter and disconnect the wire from the starter solenoid.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect and plug the transaxle cooler hoses.
  8.  
  9. Remove the starter and the top transaxle mounting bolt.
  10.  
  11. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Double check the placement and security of the jackstands.
  12.  
  13. Remove the front wheels.
  14.  
  15. Drain the transaxle and reinstall the drain plug with a new washer.
  16.  
  17. Remove the throttle control cable end from the throttle lever, then loosen locknut A and remove the cable from the bracket.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Only loosen locknut A when removing the cable

  1. Remove the power steering speed sensor complete with speedometer cable and hoses.
  2.  
  3. Remove 2 upper transaxle mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Place a suitable transaxle jack securely beneath the transaxle. Attach a hoist to the engine and raise the engine just enough to take the weight of the engine off the mounts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the subframe center beam and splash pan.
  8.  
  9. Remove the ball joint pinch bolt from the right side lower control arm. Use a puller of the proper size to disconnect the ball joint from the knuckle. Remove the damper fork bolt.
  10.  
  11. Turn the right side steering knuckle to its most outboard position. Pry the CV-joint out approximately 1 / 2 in. (13mm), then pull the CV-joint out of the transaxle housing.
  12.  

Do not pull on the halfshaft or knuckle since this may cause the inboard CV-joint to separate.

  1. Remove the transaxle damper bracket located in front of the torque converter cover plate.
  2.  
  3. Remove the torque converter cover plate.
  4.  
  5. Inside the vehicle, remove the center console and shift indicator.
  6.  
  7. Remove the lock pin from the adjuster and shift cable. Remove both bolts and pull the shift cable out of the housing.
  8.  
  9. Unbolt the torque converter assembly from the driveplate by removing the 8 bolts.
  10.  
  11. Remove the 3 rear engine mounting bolts from the transaxle housing. Remove the rear engine mount.
  12.  
  13. Remove two bolts from the front transaxle mount.
  14.  
  15. Remove the lower transaxle mounting bolt.
  16.  
  17. Pull the transaxle away from the engine to clear the two 14mm dowel pins. Pry the left side CV-joint out approximately 1 / 2 in. (13mm). Pull the transaxle out and lower the transaxle.
  18.  

To install:
  1. Attach the shift cable to the shift arm with the pin, then secure the cable to the edge of the housing with the cable holder and bolt. Tighten the bolt to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Make sure the two 14mm dowel pins are installed in the transaxle housing.
  4.  
  5. Install new snaprings on the end of each axle.
  6.  
  7. Raise the transaxle into position, aligning the dowel pins with the holes in the block and the torque converter bolt heads with the holes in the driveplate. Fit the left axle into the differential as the transaxle is raised up to the engine.
  8.  
  9. Install the 2 lower transaxle mounting bolts but do not tighten them at this time.
  10.  
  11. Install the rear engine mounts on the transaxle housing and tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the front transaxle mount bolts and tighten to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Attach the torque converter to the driveplate with the eight 12mm bolts. Tighten the bolts in 2 steps to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm) in the same pattern.
  16.  
  17. Remove the transaxle jack.
  18.  
  19. Install the torque converter cover plate and tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the anti-windup rubber on the center beam and tighten the nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Install the anti-windup bracket on the transaxle housing and tighten the 3 bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (31 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Remove the hoist equipment from the engine.
  24.  
  25. Install the starter.
  26.  
  27. Install the rear torque rod and brackets. Tighten the bracket mounting bolts to 46 ft. lbs. (65 Nm) and the torque rod bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  28.  
  29. Turn the right steering knuckle fully outward and slide the axle into the differential until the spring clip engages the differential side gear.
  30.  
  31. Reconnect the ball joint to the knuckle, then tighten the bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Reinstall the damper fork and tighten the bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
  32.  
  33. Install the speedometer cable. Align the tab on the cable end with the slot in the holder. Install the clip so the bent leg is on the groove side.
  34.  

After installing, pull gently on the speedometer cable to see that it is secure. It should be retained in place.

  1. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the remaining transaxle mounting bolts. Tighten all the transaxle mounting bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the transaxle cooler hoses and tighten the banjo bolts to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Connect the positive battery cable to the starter, the solenoid wire to the solenoid, the wire to the water temperature sending unit and the wires to the ignition timing thermosensor.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable to the transaxle.
  10.  
  11. Unscrew the dipstick from the top of the transaxle end cover and add 3.2 quarts (3 L) of Dexron®II (or equivalent) ATF through the hole. Reinstall the dipstick.
  12.  

If the transaxle and torque converter have been disassembled, add a total of 6.3 quarts (6 L).

  1. Install and reconnect the shift cable. Install the console.
  2.  
  3. Connect the negative battery cable, start the engine, set the parking brake and shift the transaxle through all gears 3 times. Allow each gear to engage momentarily before changing. Check for proper shift cable adjustment.
  4.  
  5. Let the engine reach operating temperature with the transaxle in N or P, then turn the engine off and check the fluid level.
  6.  
  7. Install the throttle control cable and adjust.
  8.  

1988-91 Prelude
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery and the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. Drain the transaxle fluid and replace the drain plug.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the wiring for the starter, lock-up control solenoids, shift control solenoids and speed pulser.
  6.  
  7. On fuel injected vehicles, remove the air inlet hose and the air cleaner case.
  8.  
  9. Remove the speed sensor from the transaxle without removing the hoses.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the throttle control cable at the transaxle bracket.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the transaxle cooler hoses at the joint pipes and cap the joint pipes.
  14.  
  15. Remove the upper transaxle mounting bracket.
  16.  
  17. Remove the transaxle-to-cylinder block attachment bolts that must be removed from the engine compartment.
  18.  
  19. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Double check placement and security of the jackstands.
  20.  
  21. Remove the front wheels.
  22.  
  23. Remove the splash shield and the center beam.
  24.  
  25. Remove the right radius rod completely.
  26.  
  27. Remove the right and left halfshafts.
  28.  
  29. Remove the engine stiffener and the torque converter cover.
  30.  
  31. Remove the shift cable from the transaxle.
  32.  
  33. Remove the bolts from the driveplate.
  34.  
  35. Support the transaxle with a suitable jack.
  36.  
  37. Remove the lower bolt from the rear engine mounting bracket. Loosen, but do not remove, the top bolt. This bolt will support the weight of the engine.
  38.  
  39. Remove the remaining engine-to-transaxle mounting bolts.
  40.  
  41. Separate the transaxle from the engine block. Disengage the two 14mm dowel pins and lower the transaxle.
  42.  

To install:
  1. Raise the transaxle into position and install the mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Attach the torque converter to the driveplate with the mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts in 2 steps using a crisscross pattern to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the transaxle to the rear engine mount bracket with the mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the shift cable with the control pin and a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Install the torque converter cover and the cable holder.
  10.  
  11. Install the engine stiffener. The engine stiffener bolts must be tightened to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) in their proper order. First, tighten the uppermost stiffener-to-transaxle housing bolt followed by the remaining stiffener-to-transaxle housing bolt. Next tighten the stiffener-to-cylinder block bolt closest to the transaxle followed by the remaining stiffener-to-cylinder block bolt.
  12.  
  13. Install the halfshafts.
  14.  
  15. Install the center beam and the right and left front damper fork.
  16.  
  17. Install the radius rod on the transaxle side.
  18.  
  19. Install the transaxle mounting bracket and tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Attach the lock-up control solenoid valve connector, the shift control solenoid valve coupler and the connector for the speed pulser.
  22.  
  23. Connect the throttle control cable to the throttle control lever.
  24.  
  25. Install the speed sensor assembly and the air cleaner case.
  26.  
  27. Connect the oil cooler hoses; connect the starter and ground cables.
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  29. Connect the battery cables to the battery.
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  31. Start the engine, set the parking brake and shift the transaxle through all gears 3 times, pausing in each to allow full engagement. Check for proper control cable adjustment.
  32.  
  33. Let the engine reach operating temperature with the transaxle in N or P, then turn the engine off and check the fluid level.
  34.  

1990-95 4-Cylinder Accord and 1992-95 Prelude

See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Disconnect the battery cable and remove the battery. If so equipped, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as described in Chassis Electrical .
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the air intake hose, air cleaner case and battery base.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the throttle cable from the throttle control lever.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the transaxle ground cable and the speed sensor connectors.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the starter cables and remove the starter.
  12.  
  13. Remove the rear mount bracket stay nut first. Remove the bolt, then remove the rear mount bracket stay.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the components secured to the transaxle

  1. Remove the speed sensor, but leave its hoses connected.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve connectors.
  4.  
  5. Drain the transaxle fluid and reinstall the drain plug with a new washer.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the transaxle cooler hoses from the joint pipes. Plug the hoses.
  8.  
  9. Remove the center beam.
  10.  
  11. Unplug the oxygen sensor connector.
  12.  
  13. Remove the exhaust header pipe and the splash shield.
  14.  
  15. Remove the cotter pins and lower arm ball joint nuts, then separate the ball joints from the lower arms using a ball joint tool.
  16.  
  17. Pry the right and left halfshafts out of the differential. Pull on the inboard CV-joints and remove the right and left halfshafts.
  18.  
  19. Remove the right damper pinch bolt, then separate the damper fork and damper.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Ball joint and damper fork disassembly

  1. Remove the bolts and nut, then remove the right radius rod.
  2.  
  3. Tie plastic bags over the halfshaft ends to protect the machined surfaces.
  4.  
  5. Remove the torque converter cover and control cable holder.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shift control cable by removing the cotter pin, control pin and control lever roller from the control lever.
  8.  
  9. Remove the plug, then remove the driveplate bolts one at a time while rotating the crankshaft pulley.
  10.  
  11. Remove the rear, engine side transaxle housing mounting bolts.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Automatic transaxle mounts and retaining bolts

  1. Remove the mounting bolts from the rear engine mount bracket.
  2.  
  3. Attach a hoist to the transaxle hoisting brackets; lift the engine slightly with a jack, just enough to take the weight off the mounts.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Lower the transaxle onto a jack with a hoist

  1. Place a suitable jack under the transaxle and raise the jack just enough to take weight off of the mounts.
  2.  
  3. Remove the transaxle housing mounting bolts and mount bracket nuts.
  4.  
  5. Pull the transaxle away from the engine until it clears the 14mm dowel pins, then lower it on the transaxle jack.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Make sure the two 14mm dowel pins are installed in the torque converter housing.
  2.  
  3. Raise the transaxle into position and install the transaxle housing mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the transaxle-to-transaxle mount bracket and tighten the nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Remove the transaxle jack.
  8.  
  9. Install the 2 engine side transaxle housing mounting bolts and tighten to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Install the rear engine mount bracket bolts and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Attach the torque converter to the driveplate with 8 bolts. Tighten the bolts in 2 steps using a crisscross pattern to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the shift control cable and control cable holder. Tighten the control cable holder bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the torque converter cover and tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Remove the hoist.
  18.  
  19. Install the radius rod. Tighten the mounting bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) and the nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the damper fork. Tighten the damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Install a new snapring on the end of each halfshaft.
  24.  
  25. Turn the right steering knuckle fully outward and slide the axle into the differential until the snapring engages the differential side gear. Repeat the procedure on the left side.
  26.  
  27. Install the damper fork bolts and ball joint nuts to the lower arms. Tighten the nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) while holding the damper fork bolt. Tighten the ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  28.  
  29. Install the splash shield, the center beam and the exhaust header pipe. Tighten the center beam bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  30.  
  31. Connect the oxygen sensor connector.
  32.  
  33. Install the speed sensor and tighten the bolt to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
  34.  
  35. Install the rear mount bracket stay. Tighten the mounting bolt first, to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) and then tighten the nut to 15 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
  36.  
  37. Install the starter. Connect the cables to the starter.
  38.  
  39. Connect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve connectors.
  40.  
  41. Connect the speed sensor connectors and the transaxle ground cable.
  42.  
  43. Connect the transaxle cooler hoses to the joint pipes.
  44.  
  45. Install the battery base, air cleaner case and air intake hose. Install the battery.
  46.  
  47. Install the wheels, then lower the vehicle.
  48.  
  49. If applicable, enable the SRS as described in Chassis Electrical .
  50.  
  51. Connect the battery cables at the battery.
  52.  
  53. Fill the transaxle with the proper type and quantity of fluid. Refer to Routine Maintenance .
  54.  
  55. Start the engine, set the parking brake and shift the transaxle through all gears 3 times, pausing momentarily in each gear. Check for proper control cable adjustment.
  56.  
  57. Let the engine reach operating temperature with the transaxle in N or P, then turn the engine off and check the fluid level.
  58.  

Accord V-6

See Figures 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If so equipped, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as described in Chassis Electrical .
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the support struts from the hood, then prop the hood in a vertical position.
  6.  
  7. Remove the battery, its base and bracket.
  8.  
  9. Drain the transaxle fluid, then install the plug with a new washer. Tighten to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Remove the air intake duct.
  12.  
  13. Detach the starter cable from the strut tower brace, then remove the strut brace.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the transaxle fluid cooler hose and plug the ends.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the cables from the starter motor, then remove the cables from the clamp.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the ground cable from the transaxle.
  20.  
  21. Unplug the connectors from the shift control solenoid valve and mainshaft speed sensor.
  22.  



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Fig. Fig. 6: Disengage the connectors on and near the starter motor

  1. Remove the bolts securing the engine sub-wire harness clamp above the transaxle.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 7: Remove the bolts securing the engine sub-wire harness clamp above the transaxle

  1. Remove the intake air bypass tank from the transaxle. Do not remove the vacuum hoses.
  2.  
  3. Unplug the connectors for the lock-up control solenoid valve, countershaft speed sensor, linear solenoid and vehicle speed sensor.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 8: Unplug the connectors for the lock-up control solenoid valve, countershaft speed sensor, linear solenoid and vehicle speed sensor

  1. Remove the splash shield from under the engine.
  2.  
  3. Remove the center beam.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cotter pins and castle nut, then separate the damper fork and lower arm.
  6.  
  7. Pry the halfshaft out of the differential and intermediate shaft. Tie plastic bags over the ends to prevent damage to the machined surfaces.
  8.  
  9. Remove the left damper pinch bolt, then separate the damper fork and damper.
  10.  
  11. Remove the bolts and nut securing the left radius rod, then remove the rod.
  12.  
  13. Remove the 3 bolts securing the intermediate shaft, then pull the shaft out of the differential.
  14.  
  15. Remove the shift cable holder bolts and cover.
  16.  
  17. Remove the lockbolt securing the control lever, then remove the shift cable with the control lever.
  18.  
  19. Remove the torque converter cover, then remove the 8 drive plate bolts one at a time while rotating the crankshaft pulley.
  20.  
  21. Place a jack under the engine and support it. Attach a hoist to the transaxle and raise it slightly to take the weight off the mounts.
  22.  
  23. Remove the rear mount stiffener. Remove the nut and bolt from the rear mount.
  24.  
  25. Remove the front mount bracket, then remove the front mount.
  26.  
  27. Remove the transaxle mounting bolts. Remove the transaxle mount.
  28.  
  29. Remove the rear mount bolts, then remove the rear mount bracket from the mount.
  30.  


WARNING
Make sure the engine and transaxle are supported securely before removing these bolts.

  1. Lower the transaxle slightly and tilt the engine just enough for the transaxle to clear the left side from the body. Do not let the A/C compressor pulley contact the body while tilting the engine.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 9: Do not let the A/C compressor pulley contact the body while tilting the engine

  1. Pull the transaxle away from the engine until it clears the dowel pins, then lower it.
  2.  

To install:
  1. Position the transaxle under the vehicle and attach a hoist to the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. Tilt the engine and lift the transaxle to a level that will allow assembly.
  4.  
  5. Attach the transaxle to the engine, then install the transaxle housing mounting bolts. Tighten them to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Place the rear mount bracket between the transaxle and the engine, then install the bracket to the mount.
  8.  
  9. Install new rear mount bolts to the transaxle through the rear mount bracket. Tighten them to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the remaining transaxle mounting bolts. Tighten them to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install a new nut and bolt loosely in the rear mount while raising the transaxle and engine.
  14.  
  15. Install the front mount and bracket to the transaxle, then install the nut loosely in the front mount.
  16.  
  17. Install the transaxle mount. Tighten the bolt loosely and tighten the nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm). Now tighten the bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Tighten the nuts and bolts that were loosely installed to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the rear mount stiffener and tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Remove the jack supporting the engine and the hoist from the transaxle.
  24.  
  25. Attach the drive plate to the torque converter. Tighten the bolts in 2 steps using a crisscross pattern to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  26.  
  27. Install the torque converter cover and tighten to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  28.  
  29. Tighten the crankshaft pulley bolt. Refer to Engine & Engine Overhaul .
  30.  
  31. Install the control lever with the shift cable on the control shaft. Tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  32.  
  33. Install the lockbolt on the control lever with a new washer. Tighten to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm) and bend the locktab.
  34.  
  35. Install the shift cable cover. Tighten the bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
  36.  



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Fig. Fig. 10: Shift cable holder and cover assembly

  1. Install the intermediate shaft and tighten the mounting bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the left radius rod and damper fork. Tighten the damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm). Tighten the rod bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm) and the nut to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install new snaprings on the ends of the halfshafts. Install the halfshafts.
  6.  
  7. Connect the damper fork to the lower arm, then install the ball joint on the lower arm. Use new cotter pins with the castle nuts. Tighten the damper nut to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm) and the ball joint nut to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the center beam and tighten the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the splash shield. Tighten the bolts to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the intake air bypass tank on the transaxle. Tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the engine sub-wire harness clamp, tightening the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Engage the electrical connections and connect the cables to the starter. Connect the ground cable to the transaxle.
  18.  
  19. Connect the transaxle cooler lines.
  20.  
  21. Install the strut tower brace and connect the starter cable to it. Tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Install the air intake duct.
  24.  
  25. Install the battery base and bracket. Tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  26.  
  27. If applicable, enable the SRS as described in Chassis Electrical .
  28.  
  29. Install the battery. Connect the support struts to the hood.
  30.  
  31. Fill the transaxle with the proper type and quantity of fluid. Refer to Routine Maintenance .
  32.  
  33. Start the engine, set the parking brake and shift the transaxle through all gears 3 times, pausing momentarily in each gear. Check for proper control cable adjustment.
  34.  
  35. Let the engine reach operating temperature with the transaxle in N or P, then turn the engine off and check the fluid level.
  36.  
  37. Loosen the front an rear mount nuts, then retighten them to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
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