Honda Civic/CRX/del Sol 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Transaxle

Print

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the automatic transaxle

Use fender covers to avoid damaging painted surfaces. Be sure to know the 5-digit radio "CODE" to input for re-connecting the original radio on 1992-95 models.

  1. Disconnect the battery cables and remove the battery.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the three mount bolts and loosen the one bolt located at the side of the battery base and intake hose band of the throttle body.
  6.  
  7. Remove the air cleaner case, complete with the intake hose and resonator, if equipped.
  8.  
  9. Remove the starter and the transaxle ground cable.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the lock-up control solenoid valve wire connector. On 4WD Civic Wagon, disconnect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve wire connectors and disconnect the automatic transaxle speed pulser connector.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the control cable at the control lever.
  14.  
  15. Drain the transaxle fluid. Remove the filler plug to speed draining. After draining, reinstall the drain plug with a new washer.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect and plug the cooler hoses at the joint pipes.
  18.  
  19. Mark the position of the distributor housing in relation to the cylinder head. Disconnect the connectors and remove the mount bolts, then remove the distributor from the cylinder head.
  20.  
  21. Remove the shift cable by removing the cotter pin, control pin, control lever roller and loosening the locknut.
  22.  
  23. Disconnect the speedometer cable. Do not disassemble the speedometer gear holder.
  24.  
  25. On 4WD Civic Wagon, remove the driveshaft.
  26.  
  27. Remove the torque converter cover. Remove the plug, then remove the driveplate bolts one at a time while rotating the crankshaft pulley.
  28.  
  29. Remove the engine splash shield and the right wheel well splash shield.
  30.  
  31. Remove the header pipe.
  32.  
  33. Remove the cotter pins and lower arm ball joint nuts and then separate the ball joints using a suitable tool.
  34.  
  35. Remove the bolts and nut, then remove the right radius rod.
  36.  
  37. Remove the right and left halfshafts. On 4WD Civic Wagon, remove the intermediate shaft.
  38.  
  39. On 4WD Civic Wagon, remove the nine mounting bolts, then remove the transaxle cover.
  40.  
  41. Install bolts in each end of the cylinder head and attach a suitable hoist to the bolts. Lift the engine slightly to unload the mounts.
  42.  
  43. Place a suitable jack under the transaxle and raise the transaxle just enough to take weight off of the mounts.
  44.  
  45. On 4WD Civic Wagon, remove the transaxle mounting bolt on the engine side.
  46.  
  47. Remove the bolts from the front transaxle mount.
  48.  
  49. Remove the rear transaxle mount bracket by removing the four mounting bolts.
  50.  
  51. Remove the four mounting bolts. Remove the side transaxle mount.
  52.  
  53. Remove the transaxle-to-cylinder block mounting bolts.
  54.  
  55. On 4WD Civic Wagon, loosen the side engine mounting bolt and tilt the engine.
  56.  
  57. Pull the transaxle away from the engine until it clears the 14mm dowel pins, then lower the transaxle jack.
  58.  

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 loosely install the transaxle-to-cylinder block bolts. Tighten them to 43 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the engine side mounting bolt and tighten to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the transaxle-to-rear transaxle mount bracket and tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the transaxle to the front and side transaxle mounts. Tighten the mount retaining bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm) and the mount through bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Remove the transaxle jack. On 4WD Civic Wagon, tighten the side engine mount bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Remove the hoist chain and bolts from the cylinder head.
  14.  
  15. Attach the torque converter to the driveplate with the eight 12mm bolts. Tighten the bolts in two steps, first to 4.5 ft. lbs. (6 Nm) in a crisscross pattern and finally to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm) in the same pattern.
  16.  
  17. Install the shift cable and cable holder.
  18.  
  19. Install the torque converter cover and header pipe bracket.
  20.  
  21. On 4WD Civic Wagon, install the transaxle cover and the intermediate shaft.
  22.  
  23. Install a new set ring on the end of each halfshaft.
  24.  
  25. Turn the right steering knuckle fully outward and slide the axle into the differential, until the spring clip can be felt engaging the differential side gear. Repeat the procedure on the left side.
  26.  
  27. Install the damper fork bolt and radius rod.
  28.  
  29. Install the ball joints to the lower arms and tighten the nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Install new cotter pins.
  30.  
  31. On 4WD Civic Wagon, install the driveshaft.
  32.  
  33. Install the splash shields and header pipe.
  34.  
  35. Install the distributor.
  36.  
  37. Connect the lock-up control solenoid valve wire connector. On 4WD Civic Wagon, connect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve wire connectors and connect the automatic transaxle speed pulser connector.
  38.  
  39. Connect the transaxle cooler hoses to the joint pipes and the control cable to the control lever.
  40.  
  41. Connect the speedometer cable.
  42.  
  43. Install the starter and tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  44.  
  45. Connect the positive battery cable to the starter and connect the ground cable at the transaxle.
  46.  
  47. Install the air intake case and hose.
  48.  
  49. Install the three bolts located at the side of the battery base and retighten the intake hose band of the throttle body.
  50.  
  51. Lower the vehicle, install the battery and connect the battery cables.
  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 through all gears three times. Check for proper control cable adjustment. Check the ignition timing.
  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.  

 
label.common.footer.alt.autozoneLogo