REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the transaxle.
For cars equipped with automatic transaxles:
- Matchmark the driveplate and the crankshaft.
- Loosen the retaining bolts a little at a time in a crisscross pattern. Support the driveplate as the last bolts are removed and then lift the driveplate away from the engine.
For manual transaxle cars:
- Remove the clutch/pressure plate assembly.
- Matchmark the flywheel and crankshaft. Loosen the retaining bolts evenly in a crisscross pattern. Support the flywheel during removal of the last bolts and remove the flywheel.
- Carefully inspect the teeth on the flywheel or driveplate for any signs of wearing or chipping. If anything beyond minimal contact wear is found, replace the unit.
Since the flywheel is driven by the starter gear, you would be wise to inspect the starter drive should any wear be found on the flywheel teeth. A worn starter can cause damage to the flywheel.To install:
- When reassembling, place the flywheel or driveplate in position on the crankshaft and make sure the matchmarks align. Install the retaining bolts finger-tight.
All major rotating components including the flywheel are individually balanced. Engine assembly balancing is not required. Balance weights should NOT be installed on new flywheels.
- Tighten the attaching bolts to the correct torque using a cross-tightening sequence. For all manual transaxles, tighten the flywheel bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm). For all automatic transaxles, tighten the bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
- Install the clutch/pressure plate assembly on manual transaxle vehicles. Refer to the appropriate procedures in this manual.
If the clutch appears worn or cracked in any way, replace it with a new disc, pressure plate and release bearing. The slight extra cost of the parts will prevent having to remove the transaxle again later.
- Reinstall the transaxle assembly.
RING GEAR REPLACEMENT
If the ring gear teeth on the driveplate or flywheel are damaged, the assembly must be replaced. The ring gear cannot be separated or reinstalled individually.
If a flywheel is replaced on a manual transmission car, the installation of a new clutch disc, pressure plate and release bearing is highly recommended.