Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Transaxle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-89 Accord and 1984-87 Prelude

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

All wires and hoses should be labeled at the time of removal. The amount of time saved during reassembly makes the extra effort well worthwhile.

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable at the battery and the transaxle case. Unlock the steering column; place the transaxle in Neutral.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the following cables and wires:
    1. Clutch cable at the release arm.
    2.  
    3. Back-up light switch wires.
    4.  
    5. TCS (Transmission Controlled Spark) switch wires.
    6.  
    7. Wire from the starter solenoid.
    8.  

  4.  
  5. Release the engine sub-wiring harness from the clamp at the clutch housing. Remove the upper two transaxle mounting bolts.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Disconnect the clutch cable from the release arm

  1. Raise the front of the car and support it securely with safety stands. Double check the stand placement and security. Drain the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels. Place a suitable transaxle jack into position under the transaxle.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the speedometer cable.
  6.  

When removing the speedometer cable from the transaxle, it is not necessary to remove the entire cable holder. Remove the end boot (gear holder seal), the cable retaining clip and then pull the cable out of the holder. In no way should you disturb the holder, unless it is absolutely necessary.

  1. Disconnect the shift lever torque rod from the clutch housing. Remove the bolt from the shift rod clevis.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the bolt securing the shift rod clevis ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... and disconnect the torque rod from the clutch housing by removing the bolt

  1. Disconnect the tie rod ball joints and remove them using a ball joint remover.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower arm ball joint bolt from the right side lower control arm, then use a puller to disconnect the ball joint from the knuckle. Remove the damper fork bolt.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the driveshafts from the transaxle. Move the axles out of the way but do not let them hang; support them with string or wire. Remove the right side radius rod.
  6.  
  7. Remove the damper bracket from the transaxle. Remove the clutch housing bolts from the front transaxle mount.
  8.  
  9. Remove the clutch housing bolts from the rear transaxle mounting bracket. Remove the clutch cover.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Transaxle mounting bolt locations

  1. Remove the starter mounting bolts and remove the starter assembly through the chassis. Remove the transaxle mounting bolts.
  2.  
  3. Pull the transaxle away from the engine block to clear the two 14mm dowel pins and lower the transaxle jack.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 5: Pull the transaxle away from the engine block and lower the transaxle jack


WARNING
Do not allow the transaxle to hang on the input shaft. Once removal begins, remove it completely from the engine.

To install:
  1. Place the transaxle on the jack. Clean and grease the release bearing sliding surface.
  2.  
  3. Check that the two dowel pins are present in the bell housing.
  4.  
  5. Raise the unit enough to align the pins with the matching holes in the block.
  6.  
  7. Move the transaxle toward the engine and install the mainshaft into the clutch disc splines. If the left suspension was left in place, install new spring clips on both axles and carefully insert the left axle into the differential while installing the transaxle.
  8.  
  9. Push and wiggle the transaxle until it fits flush with the engine flange.
  10.  
  11. Tighten the bolts until the bell housing is seated against the engine block.
  12.  
  13. Loosely install the bolts for the front transaxle mount, then tighten them in sequence to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 6: Tighten the front mount bolts in this sequence

  1. Install the rear transaxle mount, tightening the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the upper torque arm and its brackets. Tighten the bracket mounting bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm) and the through-bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Carefully remove the transaxle jack.
  6.  
  7. Install the starter.
  8.  
  9. Install the driveshaft(s) if not previously done.
  10.  
  11. Install the lower arm ball joints, tie rod ball joints and damper fork bolts.
  12.  
  13. Connect the shift rod linkage.
  14.  
  15. Connect the shift linkage.
  16.  
  17. Connect the shift lever torque rod to the clutch housing. Tighten the 8mm bolt to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Install the front wheels.
  20.  
  21. Double check that the transaxle drain plug is present and tightened.
  22.  
  23. The car may be lowered to the ground for the final steps.
  24.  
  25. Install the clutch cable at the release arm.
  26.  
  27. Coat a new O-ring with clean oil and install it on the speedometer gear holder. Install the holder in the transaxle and secure the hold-down tab and bolt.
  28.  
  29. Install the engine sub-wire harness in the clamp at the bell housing.
  30.  
  31. Connect the engine compartment wiring for the starter, starter solenoid and back-up light switch.
  32.  
  33. Fill the transaxle with the proper amount of lubricant.
  34.  
  35. Check the transaxle and clutch for smooth operation.
  36.  

1988-95 Prelude
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable at the battery and the transaxle case. If so equipped, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as described in Chassis Electrical .
  2.  
  3. Unlock the steering column; place the transaxle in Neutral.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the following wires:
    1. Back-up light switch wires.
    2.  
    3. Black/white wire from the starter solenoid.
    4.  

  6.  
  7. On the fuel injected models, remove the air cleaner assembly.
  8.  
  9. Remove the power steering speed sensor from the transaxle without removing the power steering hose.
  10.  
  11. Remove the shift cable and the select cable from the top cover of the transaxle. Remove the mounting bolt from the cable stay. Be sure not to bend or kink the cable more than necessary. Remove both cables and the stay together.
  12.  
  13. Remove the upper transaxle mounting bracket. Remove the four transaxle-to-block attachment bolts that must be removed from the engine compartment.
  14.  
  15. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove both front wheels and remove the splash shield.
  16.  
  17. Drain the transaxle oil into a drain pan. Remove the clutch slave cylinder. The cylinder may be moved out of the way without disconnecting the hose.
  18.  
  19. Remove the center beam. Remove the right radius rod completely. Remove the right and left drive shafts.
  20.  
  21. Remove the engine stiffener. Remove the clutch cover. Support the transaxle with a transaxle jack.
  22.  
  23. Remove the three lower bolts from the rear engine mounting bracket. Loosen but do not remove the top bolt. This bolt will support the weight of the engine.
  24.  
  25. Remove the two remaining engine-to-transaxle mounting bolts.
  26.  
  27. With the transaxle on the jack, disengage the input shaft from the clutch disc and lower the transaxle out of the vehicle.
  28.  


WARNING
Do not allow the transaxle to hang on the input shaft. Once removal begins, remove it completely from the engine.

To install:
  1. Place the transaxle on the jack. Clean and grease the release bearing sliding surface.
  2.  
  3. Check that the two dowel pins are present in the bell housing.
  4.  
  5. Raise the unit enough to align the pins with the matching holes in the block.
  6.  
  7. Install and tighten the transaxle mount bolt on the engine side to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install and tighten the transaxle bolts on the transaxle side to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the transaxle mounting bracket; tighten the 3 bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Tighten the horizontal bolt to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the transaxle mounting bolts to the rear engine mounting bracket and tighten them to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the engine stiffener. Tighten the bolts in sequence to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Attach the intermediate shaft.
  18.  
  19. Install the driveshafts.
  20.  
  21. Install the center beam. Tighten the nuts to 37 ft. lbs. (51 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Attach the clutch slave cylinder; tighten the mounting bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Install the shift and select cables to the transaxle.
  26.  
  27. Connect the reverse lamp wiring.
  28.  
  29. Install the right and left front damper forks.
  30.  
  31. Install the speed sensor assembly.
  32.  
  33. Install the air cleaner case if it was removed.
  34.  
  35. Connect the starter ground and battery wires.
  36.  
  37. If applicable, enable the SRS as described in Chassis Electrical .
  38.  
  39. Connect the positive cable at the battery.
  40.  
  41. Install the front wheels.
  42.  
  43. Refill the transaxle with the proper amount of lubricant.
  44.  
  45. Check the shifter and clutch for smooth operation. Make adjustments as necessary.
  46.  

1990-95 Accord

See Figures 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14

  1. Disconnect the battery cables 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 and battery base.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the starter wires and remove the starter.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the transaxle ground cable and the back-up light switch wire.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cable support and then disconnect the cables from the top housing of the transaxle. Remove both cables and the support together; do not remove the clips holding the cables to the support.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Disconnecting the transaxle cables

  1. Remove the speed sensor, but leave its hoses connected.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the speed sensor, but leave its hoses connected

  1. Remove the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Remove the engine splash shield and drain the transaxle fluid.
  4.  
  5. Remove the mounting bolts and clutch slave cylinder with the clutch pipe and pushrod.
  6.  
  7. Remove the mounting bolt and clutch hose joint with the clutch pipe and clutch hose.
  8.  

Do not operate the clutch pedal once the slave cylinder has been removed. Be careful not to bend the pipe.

  1. Remove the center beam and the header pipe.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pins and lower arm ball joint nuts. Separate the ball joints and lower arms.
  4.  
  5. Remove the damper fork bolt.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 9: Disconnect the ball joint and damper fork

  1. Pry the right and left halfshafts out of the differential and the intermediate shaft. Pull on the inboard joint and remove the right and left halfshafts.
  2.  
  3. Remove the 3 mounting bolts and lower the bearing support.
  4.  
  5. Remove the intermediate shaft from the differential.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the intermediate shaft and protect the splined ends by covering them with plastic

  1. Remove the right damper pinch bolt, then separate the damper fork and damper. Remove the bolts and nut, then remove the right radius rod.
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Fig. Fig. 11: Radius rod removal

  1. Remove the engine stiffener and the clutch cover.
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Fig. Fig. 12: The engine stiffener and clutch cover are secured by bolts

  1. Remove the intake manifold bracket.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear engine mount bracket support and remove the 3 rear engine mount bracket mounting bolts.
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Fig. Fig. 13: Removing the rear engine support and transaxle bolts

  1. Remove the transaxle housing mounting bolt on the engine side. Swing the right halfshaft to the inner fender.
  2.  
  3. Place a suitable jack under the transaxle and raise the transaxle just enough to take the weight off the mounts.
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Fig. Fig. 14: Place a suitable jack under the transaxle and raise the transaxle just enough to take the weight off its mounts

  1. Remove the transaxle mount bolt and loosen the mount bracket nuts.
  2.  
  3. Remove the 3 transaxle housing mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the transaxle from the vehicle.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Make sure the 4 dowel pins are installed.
  2.  
  3. Raise the transaxle into position.
  4.  
  5. Install the 3 transaxle mounting bolts and tighten to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the transaxle mount and mount bracket. Install the through-bolt and tighten temporarily. Make sure the engine is level and tighten the 3 mount bracket nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Tighten the through-bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the transaxle housing mounting bolts on the engine side and tighten to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the 3 rear engine bracket mounting bolts and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  13. Install the rear engine mount bracket stay. Tighten the mounting bolt to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) and then tighten the mounting nut to 15 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the intake manifold bracket and tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the clutch cover and tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
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  19. Install the engine stiffener and loosely install the mounting bolts. Tighten the stiffener-to-transaxle case mounting bolt to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm), then tighten the 2 stiffener-to-cylinder block mounting bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) beginning with the bolt closest to the transaxle.
  20.  
  21. Install the radius rod. Tighten the radius rod mounting bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) and the radius rod nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Install the damper fork. Tighten the damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Install the intermediate shaft.
  26.  
  27. Install a new snapring on the end of each halfshaft. Install the right and left halfshafts. Turn the right and left steering knuckle fully outward and slide the axle into the differential until the spring clip is felt to engage in the differential side gear.
  28.  
  29. Install the damper fork bolt and ball joint nut to the lower arms. Tighten the nut while holding the damper fork bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Tighten the ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
  30.  
  31. Install the header pipe and center beam. Tighten the center beam bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  32.  
  33. Install the clutch hose joint and clutch slave cylinder to the transaxle housing. Tighten the slave cylinder mounting bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  34.  
  35. Install the speed sensor. Tighten the mounting bolt to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
  36.  
  37. Install the shift cable and select cable to the shift arm lever and to the select lever respectively. Tighten the cable bracket mounting bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm). Install new cotter pins.
  38.  
  39. Connect the back-up light switch coupler.
  40.  
  41. Install the starter.
  42.  
  43. Install the transaxle ground cable.
  44.  
  45. Install the front wheel and tire assemblies.
  46.  
  47. Fill the transaxle with the proper type and quantity of oil.
  48.  
  49. Lower the vehicle.
  50.  
  51. If applicable, enable the SRS as described in Chassis Electrical .
  52.  
  53. Install the battery and connect the battery cables.
  54.  
  55. Start the vehicle and check the transaxle for smooth operation.
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