Honda - Accord Prelude 1996 2000

Automatic Transaxle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Accord
2.2L & 2.3L ENGINES
  1. Disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables.
  2.  
  3. Remove the battery from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Shift the transaxle into N .
  6.  
  7. Remove the air intake hose, air cleaner housing, and the resonator assembly.
  8.  
  9. Remove the battery base and the base stay.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the throttle cable from the throttle control lever.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the transaxle ground cable and the speed sensor connectors. Detach the solenoid valve connectors.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve connectors.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the transaxle cooler hoses from the joint pipes and plug the hoses.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the starter cables and remove the starter.
  20.  
  21. Detach the Countershaft Speed Sensor (CSS) connector.
  22.  
  23. Unplug the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) connector.
  24.  
  25. Install a hoist to the engine.
  26.  
  27. Remove the four upper bolts attaching the transaxle to the engine block.
  28.  



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Fig. Unfasten the 4 transmission housing bolts

  1. Loosen the three bolts attaching the front engine mount bracket to the engine.
  2.  



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Fig. Remove the front mount bracket bolts, then remove the mount

  1. Remove the transaxle mount.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Drain the transaxle fluid and reinstall the drain plug with a new washer.
  6.  
  7. Remove the splash shield.
  8.  
  9. Remove the subframe center beam.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cotter pins and lower arm ball joint nuts, then separate the ball joints from the lower arms using a suitable tool.
  12.  
  13. Remove the right damper pinch bolt, then separate the damper fork and damper.
  14.  
  15. Remove the bolts and nut, then remove the right radius rod.
  16.  
  17. Using a small prying device, carefully pry the right and left halfshafts out of the differential. Remove the right and left halfshafts. Tie plastic bags over the halfshaft ends to prevent damage to the CV boots and splines.
  18.  
  19. Remove the bolts mounting the intermediate shaft, then remove the intermediate shaft from the differential.
  20.  
  21. Remove the torque converter cover and shift cable cover.
  22.  
  23. Remove the shift control cable by removing the lockbolt. Remove the shift cable lever from the control shaft. Don't disconnect the control lever from the shift cable. Wire the shift cable out of the work area and be careful not to kink it.
  24.  
  25. Remove the eight drive plate bolts one at a time while rotating the crankshaft pulley.
  26.  
  27. Place a suitable jack under the transaxle and raise the jack just enough to take weight off of the mounts.
  28.  
  29. Remove the intake manifold bracket.
  30.  
  31. Remove the transaxle housing mounting bolts.
  32.  
  33. Remove the mounting bolts from the rear engine mount bracket.
  34.  
  35. Remove the four transaxle housing mounting bolts and three mount bracket nuts.
  36.  
  37. Pull the transaxle away from the engine until it clears the 14mm dowel pins, then lower it using the jack.
  38.  

To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when assembling the front suspension components. Install new set rings onto the halfshaft inboard joint splines. Replace any color-coded self-locking bolts.

  1. Flush the transaxle cooler lines before installing the transaxle. Use a pressurized flushing unit such as Honda J38405-A or equivalent. Use only Honda biodegradable flushing fluid, Honda J35944-20. Other fluids will damage the A/T cooling system.
    1. Fill the flusher with 21 ounces of fluid. Pressurize the flusher to 80-120 PSI, following the procedure on the fluid container and flusher.
    2.  
    3. Clamp the discharge hose of the flusher to the cooler return line. Clamp the drain hose to the cooler inlet line and route it into a bucket or drain tank.
    4.  
    5. Connect the flusher to air and water lines. Open the flusher water valve and flush the cooler for ten seconds. The air line should be equipped with a water trap to keep the system dry.
    6.  
    7. Depress the flusher trigger to mix flushing fluid with the water. Flush for two minutes, turning the air valve on and off for five seconds every 15-20 seconds to create a surging action.
    8.  
    9. After finishing one flushing cycle, reverse the hose and flush in the opposite direction following the same steps.
    10.  
    11. Dry the cooler lines with compressed air so that no moisture is left in the cooler system.
    12.  

  2.  
  3. Be sure the two 14mm dowel pins are installed into the torque converter housing.
  4.  
  5. Install the torque converter onto the transaxle mainshaft with a new hub O-ring. Install the starter motor onto the transaxle case and tighten the mounting bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Raise the transaxle into position and install the transaxle housing mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the rear engine mounting bolts and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the intake manifold bracket and tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the upper bolts attaching the transaxle to the engine and tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Tighten the front engine mount bracket bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the transaxle mount and loosely install the nuts and bolt that attach the mount. Tighten the nuts first to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm), then tighten the bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Remove the jack from the transaxle.
  20.  
  21. Attach the torque converter to the drive plate with the eight bolts. Tighten the bolts in two steps in a crisscross pattern: first to 4.5 ft. lbs. (6 Nm), and finally to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm). Check for free rotation after tightening the last bolt.
  22.  
  23. Install the shift control cable and control cable holder. Tighten the shift cable lockbolt to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm). Tighten the shift cable cover bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Install the torque converter cover and tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  26.  
  27. Remove the engine hoist.
  28.  
  29. Install the radius rod and damper fork.
  30.  
  31. Install the intermediate shaft into the differential and tighten the mounting bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  32.  
  33. Install a new set ring on the end of each halfshaft.
  34.  
  35. Turn the right steering knuckle fully outward and slide the axle into the differential until the set ring snaps into the differential side gear. Repeat the procedure on the left side.
  36.  
  37. Install the damper fork bolts and ball joint nuts to the lower arms. Tighten the ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  38.  
  39. Install the subframe center beam and tighten the center beam bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  40.  
  41. Install the splash shield.
  42.  
  43. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
  44.  
  45. Reconnect the speed sensor connector.
  46.  
  47. Support the right front knuckle with a floor jack until the weight of the vehicle is held by the jack. Tighten the damper fork pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm). Tighten the radius rod bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm), and the radius rod nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm). Hold the damper fork bolt with a wrench, and tighten the nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Remove the floor jack.
  48.  
  49. Connect the cables to the starter.
  50.  
  51. Reconnect the throttle control cable.
  52.  
  53. Connect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve connectors.
  54.  
  55. Attach the speed sensor connectors and the transaxle ground cable.
  56.  
  57. Connect the transaxle cooler inlet hose to the joint pipe. Attach a drain hose to the return line.
  58.  
  59. Install the battery base stay and the battery base.
  60.  
  61. Install the resonator assembly, the air cleaner assembly, and the air intake hose.
  62.  
  63. Install the battery and connect the positive, then the negative battery cables to the battery.
  64.  
  65. Refill the transaxle with ATF. Use only Honda Premium ATF or an equivalent DEXRON® II ATF.
    1. With the flusher drain hose attached to the cooler return line.
    2.  
    3. Place the transaxle in P , run the engine for 30 seconds, or until approximately one quart of fluid is discharged. Immediately shut off the engine. This completes the cooler flushing process.
    4.  
    5. Remove the drain hose and reconnect the cooler return line.
    6.  
    7. Refill the transaxle to the proper level with ATF.
    8.  

  66.  
  67. Start the engine, set the parking brake, and shift the transaxle through all gears 3 times. Check for proper shift cable adjustment.
  68.  
  69. Let the engine reach operating temperature with the transaxle in P or N . Then, shut off the engine and check the fluid level.
  70.  
  71. Road test the vehicle.
  72.  
  73. After road testing the vehicle, loosen the front engine mount bracket bolts, then retighten them to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  74.  
  75. Check and adjust the vehicle's front end alignment.
  76.  
  77. Enter the radio security code.
  78.  

2.7L ENGINE

Several of the engine mounts must be removed during the transaxle removal procedure.

The objective of this procedure is to allow the engine to tilt so that the transaxle will clear the left shock tower. A chain host is necessary for this operation.

  1. Disconnect the negative and positive battery cables.
  2.  
  3. Prop the hood open and remove the support struts. Secure the hood open in a vertical position.
  4.  
  5. Remove the battery. Remove the battery tray and bracket. Unbolt the cable holder from the battery tray.
  6.  
  7. Remove the intake air duct.
  8.  
  9. Detach the clips securing the starter cable to the strut brace. Remove the strut brace.
  10.  
  11. Drain the transaxle fluid. Install the drain plug with a new crush washer.
  12.  
  13. Uncouple the ATF cooler lines. Plug the lines, and turn them upward to lessen fluid spillage.
  14.  
  15. Remove the starter cables. Unbolt the starter cable clamp and the transaxle ground cable. Unbolt the engine sub-harness clamp from the transaxle case, and move the harness holder out of the way.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the following electrical couplings:

    Shift control solenoid valve
     
    Mainshaft speed sensor connector
     
    Lock-up control solenoid valve
     
    Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) connector
     
    Linear solenoid connector
     
    Countershaft Speed Sensor (CSS)
     

  18.  
  19. Remove the Intake Air Bypass (IAB) vacuum tank from the transaxle. Do not disconnect its vacuum hoses.
  20.  
  21. Loosen the top two upper transaxle case bolts, they may not be easily accessible when the vehicle is raised.
  22.  
  23. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheels.
  24.  
  25. Remove the splash shield.
  26.  
  27. Remove the subframe center beam.
  28.  
  29. Remove the lower ball joint castle nuts. Separate the ball joints from the lower control arms using a suitable press type tool.
  30.  
  31. Remove the damper fork bolts, and separate the damper forks from the lower control arm.
  32.  
  33. Use a flat-bladed tool to carefully pry the halfshafts out of the differential and intermediate shaft.
  34.  
  35. Pull the inboard joints away from the differential and intermediate shaft. Tie plastic bags over the inboard joints to protect the boots and splines.
  36.  
  37. Remove the left damper pinch bolt, then separate the damper fork from the strut. Unbolt and remove the left radius rod. Use wire to support the left control arm and halfshaft out of the work area.
  38.  
  39. Remove the intermediate shaft.
  40.  
  41. Remove the shift cable holder and cover. Remove the shift cable lockbolt, and slide the cable lever off of the control rod. Be careful not to kink the shift cable.
  42.  
  43. Remove the torque converter cover. Remove the eight driveplate bolts one at a time while rotating the crankshaft pulley.
  44.  
  45. Attach a chain hoist to the transaxle. Place a jack under the engine for support.
  46.  
  47. Remove the rear mount stiffener, then unbolt and remove the rear mount.
  48.  
  49. Remove the front mount bracket, then remove the front mount.
  50.  
  51. Remove the four upper transaxle case bolts.
  52.  
  53. Remove the side transaxle mount.
  54.  
  55. Remove the two lower transaxle case bolts.
  56.  


CAUTION
Be sure the transaxle is securely supported before removing the rear mounting bracket bolts. Place a transaxle jack under the transaxle for additional support.

  1. Remove the rear mount bolts. Raise the engine and transaxle slightly, then remove the rear mount bracket from the rear mount.
  2.  
  3. Carefully lower the transaxle from the vehicle. Tilt the engine just enough for the transaxle to clear the left shock tower.
  4.  

Do not allow the A/C compressor to hit the right shock tower when the engine is being tilted.

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

To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when assembling the front suspension components. Install a new set ring onto the inboard halfshafts. Replace any color-coded self-locking nuts and bolts when installing the engine and transaxle mounts. These fasteners are available from a Honda dealer.

  1. Flush the transaxle cooler lines before installing the transaxle. Use a pressurized flushing unit such as Honda J38405-A or equivalent. Use only Honda biodegradable flushing fluid, Honda J35944-20. Other fluids will damage the A/T cooling system.
    1. Fill the flusher with 21 ounces of fluid. Pressurize the flusher to 80-120 PSI, following the procedure on the fluid container and flusher.
    2.  
    3. Clamp the discharge hose of the flusher to the cooler return line. Clamp the drain hose to the cooler inlet line and route it into a bucket or drain tank.
    4.  
    5. Connect the flusher to air and water lines. Open the flusher water valve and flush the cooler for ten seconds. The air line should be equipped with a water trap to keep the system dry.
    6.  
    7. Depress the flusher trigger to mix flushing fluid with the water. Flush for two minutes, turning the air valve on and off for five seconds every 15-20 seconds to create a surging action.
    8.  
    9. After finishing one flushing cycle, reverse the hose and flush in the opposite direction following the same steps.
    10.  
    11. Dry the cooler lines with compressed air so that no moisture is left in the cooler system.
    12.  

  2.  
  3. Be sure the two 14mm dowel pins are installed into the torque converter housing.
  4.  
  5. Install the torque converter onto the transaxle mainshaft with a new O-ring. Install the starter motor onto the transaxle case and tighten the mounting bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Position the transaxle under the vehicle and attach the chain hoist to it.
  8.  
  9. Jack or hoist the engine into position, then lift the transaxle into place.
  10.  
  11. Mate the transaxle to the engine. Install the transaxle case bolts, and tighten them to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). The one long bolt fits behind the starter.
  12.  
  13. Install the rear mount bracket onto the rear mount and hand-tighten the nut and upper bolt. Install two new rear mount bracket-to-transaxle case bolts, and tighten them to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Verify that all of the transaxle case bolts have been installed.
  16.  
  17. Install the front mount and tighten the three bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm). Install the front mount bracket onto the transaxle and tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Install and hand-tighten the mount nut.
  18.  
  19. Install the side transaxle mount. Install and hand-tighten the three nuts and the through-bolt. Tighten the nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm), then tighten the bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  20.  
  21. With all the engine and transaxle mounts installed, tighten the mount nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Install the rear mount stiffener. Tighten the rear stiffener bolt and upper rear mount bracket bolt to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Remove the chain hoist and jacks from the engine and transaxle.
  24.  
  25. Install the eight driveplate bolts and tighten them to their final torque specification in two steps in a crisscross pattern. The first tightening step is 4.3-4.5 ft. lbs. (6 Nm). The second tightening step is 8.7 ft. lbs. (12 Nm). After tightening the last bolt, check the crankshaft for free rotation.
  26.  
  27. Install the torque converter cover and tighten its bolts to 8.7 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  28.  
  29. Use a holder tool and a torque wrench to retighten the crankshaft pulley to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm).
  30.  
  31. Reconnect the shift cable lever to the control shaft with a new lock washer, and tighten the bolt to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm). Install the shift cable holder and cover. Tighten the cover bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
  32.  
  33. Install the intermediate shaft and tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  34.  
  35. Install the left radius rod and damper fork. Hand-tighten the bolts.
  36.  
  37. Install new set rings on the halfshaft inboard CV-joints. Install the halfshafts into the differential and intermediate shaft. Be sure the set rings snap into place.
  38.  
  39. Reassemble the damper forks and lower control arm ball joints. Tighten the ball joint castle nuts to 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm), then tighten them only enough to install new cotter pins.
  40.  
  41. Install the center beam and tighten the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Install the splash shield.
  42.  
  43. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
  44.  
  45. Use a floor jack to raise the left front knuckle until it is supporting the weight of the vehicle. Tighten the damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm). Tighten the radius rod bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (101 Nm), and the nuts to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm). Tighten the damper fork nuts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Remove the jack.
  46.  
  47. Install the IAB vacuum tank and the engine wiring harness clamp.
  48.  
  49. Reconnect the following electrical couplings:

    Shift control solenoid valve
     
    Mainshaft speed sensor connector
     
    Lock-up control solenoid valve
     
    VSS connector
     
    Linear solenoid connector
     
    CSS connector
     

  50.  
  51. Install and connect the starter cables and the transaxle ground cable.
  52.  
  53. Reconnect the ATF cooler hoses.
  54.  
  55. Install the strut brace and tighten the mounting bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm). Attach the starter cable clips to the strut brace.
  56.  
  57. Install the intake air duct. Install the battery tray and tighten its mounting bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm). Reconnect the cable holder and ground terminal.
  58.  
  59. Install the battery and reconnect the battery cables.
  60.  
  61. Prop the hood and install the support struts.
  62.  
  63. Refill the transaxle with ATF. Use only Honda Premium ATF or an equivalent DEXRON® II ATF. Connect the battery cables.
    1. Leave the flusher drain hose attached to the cooler return line.
    2.  
    3. With the transaxle in P , run the engine for 30 seconds, or until approximately one quart of fluid is discharged. Immediately shut off the engine. This completes the cooler flushing process.
    4.  
    5. Remove the drain hose and reconnect the cooler return line.
    6.  
    7. Refill the transaxle to the proper level with ATF.
    8.  

  64.  
  65. Start the engine, set the parking brake, and shift the transaxle through all gears three times. Check for proper shift cable adjustment.
  66.  
  67. Let the engine reach operating temperature with the transaxle in P or N . Then, shut off the engine and check the fluid level.
  68.  
  69. Road test the vehicle.
  70.  
  71. After road testing the vehicle, loosen the front and rear engine mount nuts, then retighten them to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  72.  
  73. Check and adjust the vehicle's front end alignment.
  74.  
  75. Enter the radio security code.
  76.  

3.0L ENGINE
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable, then the positive cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the battery and tray.
  4.  
  5. Remove the clamps securing the battery cables to the base.
  6.  
  7. Remove the intake air duct and the air cleaner assembly.
  8.  
  9. Raise the vehicle and drain the transaxle fluid. Replace the drain plug with a new washer.
  10.  
  11. Remove the starter wiring and harness clamps, remove the breather and radiator hoses from the retainer.
  12.  
  13. Detach the wiring connectors from the transaxle assembly.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the cooler lines and point them up to prevent fluid drainage.
  16.  
  17. Remove the bolt and nut securing the rear stiffener and remove the stiffener.
  18.  
  19. Remove the bolts securing the transaxle to the engine.
  20.  
  21. Remove the front mounting bracket bolts.
  22.  
  23. Remove the engine under cover.
  24.  
  25. Disconnect the lower shock absorber mounting and the lower ball joints from the control arms.
  26.  
  27. Remove the bolts securing the radius rods to the lower arms.
  28.  
  29. Remove the halfshafts. Keep the splined ends of the shafts clean.
  30.  
  31. Mark the position of the sub-frame on the main-frame and remove it.
  32.  
  33. Remove the engine brace from the rear of the engine.
  34.  
  35. Remove the shift cable cover, bracket and cable.
  36.  
  37. Remove the eight bolts securing the drive plate to the torque converter.
  38.  



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Fig. Exploded view of the torque converter (A) and torque converter housing (B)



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Fig. Remove the transaxle lower front mount (A)

  1. Attach a chain hoist to the engine and raise it slightly.
  2.  
  3. Place a jack under the transaxle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the transaxle mount bracket.
  6.  
  7. Remove the intake manifold support bracket.
  8.  
  9. Remove the rear mount bracket.
  10.  
  11. Pull the transaxle back slightly until it comes off the dowels and lower it from the vehicle. Do not let the torque converter fall out of the transaxle.
  12.  

To install:

  1. If removed, install the torque converter using a new O-ring.
  2.  
  3. Install the dowel pins in the torque converter housing.
  4.  
  5. Raise the transaxle to the engine and install the rear mount bracket. Tighten the 8mm bolt to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm) and the 12mm bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the transaxle-to-engine bolts. Tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Connect the breather tube with the dot facing up and install the transaxle mount bracket. Tighten the nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm) and the through-bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the driveplate-to-torque converter bolts. Tighten them to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm) in a crisscross pattern.
  12.  
  13. Install the shift cable, bracket and cover.
  14.  
  15. Install the engine brace on the rear of the engine.
  16.  
  17. Install the halfshafts.
  18.  
  19. Install the sub-frame after aligning the matchmarks. Tighten the rear bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm) and the front bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the front mount. Tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Connect the shock absorbers and the radius rods to the lower control arms.
  24.  
  25. Install the engine under cover.
  26.  
  27. Attach all the wiring connectors.
  28.  
  29. Connect the starter wiring and install the harness clamps.
  30.  
  31. Install the battery.
  32.  
  33. Install the air cleaner assembly and intake duct.
  34.  
  35. Refill the transaxle with Genuine Honda® premium automatic transmission fluid.
  36.  

Prelude
  1. Disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables from the battery.
  2.  
  3. Shift the transaxle into N .
  4.  
  5. Remove the battery hold-down and remove the battery.
  6.  
  7. Drain the transaxle fluid and reinstall the drain plug with a new crush washer.
  8.  
  9. Remove the air intake duct, air cleaner case, and resonator.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the connector from the vacuum tank and remove the vacuum tank and tank bracket. Do not remove the vacuum tube from the vacuum tank.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the transaxle-to-body ground cable.
  14.  
  15. Remove the battery base with the ground cable and remove the battery base stay.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve connectors.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the throttle control cable from the throttle control lever.
  20.  
  21. Detach the Countershaft Speed Sensor (CSS) connector.
  22.  
  23. Unplug the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) connector.
  24.  
  25. Remove the rear stiffener, then remove the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) and Power Steering Speed (PSS) sensor.
  26.  

Do not disconnect the power steering pressure hoses from the VSS and PSS sensor.

  1. Disconnect the ATF cooler hoses at the joint pipes. Turn the ends of the cooler hoses upward to prevent fluid loss. Plug the joint pipes.
  2.  
  3. Remove the starter motor.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper transaxle housing mounting bolts.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the front engine mount bracket bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the transaxle mount.
  10.  
  11. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front wheels.
  12.  
  13. Remove the splash shield and remove the subframe center beam and rear beam stiffener.
  14.  
  15. Remove the cotter pins and castle nuts from the lower ball joints. Use a press-type ball joint tool to separate the ball joints from the lower arm.
  16.  
  17. Remove the damper fork bolts and separate the damper fork and the damper.
  18.  
  19. Use a suitable prytool to separate the right and left halfshafts from the differential.
  20.  
  21. Pull on the inboard joint and remove the right and left halfshafts. Tie plastic bags over the halfshaft ends to protect the boots and splined shafts from damage.
  22.  
  23. Remove the right damper pinch bolt and separate the right damper fork from the strut.
  24.  
  25. Remove the right radius rod bolts and nut. Remove the radius rod.
  26.  
  27. Remove the torque converter cover and the shift cable cover.
  28.  
  29. Remove the control lever lockbolt and remove the shift cable with the lever. Do not bend the shift control cable during removal. Wire the cable to the underbody of the vehicle our of the work area.
  30.  
  31. Remove the driveplate bolts while rotating the crankshaft.
  32.  
  33. Place a transaxle jack below the transaxle and raise it enough to take the weight off the mounts.
  34.  
  35. Remove the intake manifold bracket.
  36.  
  37. Remove the lower transaxle housing mounting bolts and lower rear engine mounting bolts.
  38.  
  39. Pull the transaxle away from the engine until it clears the dowel pins. Lower the transaxle out of the vehicle.
  40.  



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Fig. Exploded view of the stiffener and related components



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Fig. Various transaxle and related components mounting bolts and brackets

To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when assembling the front suspension components. Use new set rings on the halfshaft inboard joints. Use new self-locking bolts for the subframe beams. These fasteners are available from a Honda dealer.

  1. Flush the transaxle cooling lines before installing the transaxle. Use a pressurized flushing canister, such as Honda tool No. J38405-A, or its equivalent. Use only biodegradable flushing fluid, Honda part No. J35944-20.
    1. Fill the flusher with 21 ounces of fluid. Pressurize the flusher to 80-120 PSI, following the procedure on the fluid container and flusher.
    2.  
    3. Clamp the discharge hose of the flusher to the cooler return line. Clamp the drain hose to the cooler inlet line and route it into a bucket or drain tank.
    4.  
    5. Connect the flusher to air and water lines. Open the flusher water valve and flush the cooler for ten seconds.
    6.  
    7. Depress the flusher trigger to mix flushing fluid with the water. Flush for two minutes, turning the air valve on and off for five seconds every 15-20 seconds.
    8.  
    9. After finishing one flushing cycle, reverse the hose and flush in the opposite direction.
    10.  
    11. Dry the cooler lines with compressed air so that no moisture remains in the cooler lines.
    12.  

  2.  
  3. Install the starter motor onto the transaxle case. Install the torque converter with a new hub O-ring. Tighten the starter bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Place the transaxle on a transaxle jack and raise it to the level of the engine.
  6.  
  7. Align the transaxle to the engine and install the transaxle housing mounting bolts and lower rear engine mounting bolts. Tighten the rear engine mounting bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and the transaxle mounting bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Install the intake manifold bracket and tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Tighten the front engine mount bracket bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the transaxle mount. Tighten the bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm) and the nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Remove the transaxle jack.
  14.  
  15. Attach the torque converter to the driveplate and install the mounting bolts. Turn the crankshaft to rotate the driveplate. Tighten the bolts in 2 steps, first to 4.5 ft. lbs. (6 Nm) in a crisscross pattern and finally to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm). (75 Nm). Check for free rotation after tightening the last bolt.
  16.  
  17. Install the shift cable onto the control shaft and tighten the lockbolt to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Install the torque converter cover and the shift cable cover.
  20.  
  21. Install a new set ring onto the inboard joint of each halfshaft.
  22.  
  23. Install the damper fork bolts and ball joint nuts to the lower arms. Tighten the ball joint nut to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm) and install a new cotter pin. Install the radius rod and connect the damper fork. Only hand-tighten the radius rod and damper fork fasteners at this point.
  24.  
  25. Turn the right steering knuckle fully outward and slide the axle into the differential until the spring clip is felt engaging the differential side gear. Repeat the procedure on the left side.
  26.  
  27. Install the subframe rear beam stiffener and the center beam. Tighten the stiffener bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Tighten the subframe center beam bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  28.  
  29. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
  30.  
  31. Use a floor jack to place the weight of the vehicle onto the right front knuckle. Tighten the radius rod bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) and the nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Tighten the damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm). Tighten the nut to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm) while holding the damper fork bolt. Remove the floor jack.
  32.  
  33. Install the speedometer sensor. Tighten the sensor bolt to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
  34.  
  35. Connect the ATF cooler hoses to the joint pipes.
  36.  
  37. Connect the lock-up control solenoid and shift control solenoid valve connectors.
  38.  
  39. Attach the VSS and PSS sensor connectors.
  40.  
  41. Connect the starter motor cables and install the battery base and base stay.
  42.  
  43. Connect the ground cables on the body and on the transaxle.
  44.  
  45. Install the vacuum tank, tank bracket, and connect the tank connector.
  46.  
  47. Install the resonator, air cleaner case, and air intake duct.
  48.  
  49. Refill the transaxle with ATF. Use only Honda Premium ATF or an equivalent DEXRON® II ATF. Connect the negative and positive battery cables.
    1. Leave the flusher drain hose attached to the cooler return line.
    2.  
    3. With the transaxle in park, run the engine for 30 seconds, or until approximately one quart of fluid is discharged. This completes the cooler flushing process.
    4.  
    5. Remove the drain hose and reconnect the cooler return line.
    6.  
    7. Refill the transaxle to the proper level with ATF.
    8.  

  50.  
  51. Start the engine, set the parking brake, and shift the transaxle through all gears 3 times. Check for proper control cable adjustment.
  52.  
  53. On Preludes equipped with 4WS, turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock to reset the steering control unit.
  54.  
  55. Check and adjust the front wheel alignment.
  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.  
  59. After road testing the vehicle, loosen the front engine mount bolts, and tighten them to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  60.  
  61. Enter the radio security code.
  62.  

ADJUSTMENTS



Shift Linkage

To adjust the shift cable proceed as follows:

  1. Remove the lower right steering column access hole cover.
  2.  
  3. Shift the transmission to the N position.
  4.  
  5. Remove the shift cable end lock pin from the adjustable cable end.
  6.  
  7. Check the alignment of the hole in the cable end to see if it is perfectly aligned with the linkage adjusting rod.
  8.  
  9. If the holes are not aligned, loosen the cable end lock nut and adjust the cable end until the hole in the cable end and the adjusting rod are perfectly aligned.
  10.  
  11. Reinstall the lock pin. If any resistance is felt when inserting the lock pin, re-adjust the cable end.
  12.  
  13. Make sure the lock pin snaps firmly into place. If the lock pin is not secure, it must be replaced.
  14.  
  15. Move the gear selector through each gear position and verify the operation of the gear position indicators.
  16.  
  17. Insert the ignition key into the key cylinder on the upper steering column cover and check to see that the shift lock lever releases.
  18.  

Throttle Linkage
  1. Start the engine and allow the engine to run in P at 3,000 RPM until the radiator fan comes on, then allow the engine to idle.
  2.  
  3. Check the throttle cable side-to-side deflection. The total deflection should be 3 / 8 - 1 / 2 inches (10-12mm).
  4.  
  5. If the deflection is not within specification, loosen the locknut and adjust the throttle cable as necessary.
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