REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The gearshift assembly uses a torque rod and shift rod assembly. The torque rod bolts to the chassis, through a rubber mount and to the back of the transaxle, it absorbs the twisting motion of the transaxle and serves to support the gearshift assembly.
The gearshift assembly pivots on a ball joint attached to the torque rod. The shift rod attaches the gearshift assembly and to the transaxle.
The shift change lever and its mounting can be reached by removing the center console assembly and removing the dust boot. The rest of the mechanism can be reached from underneath the vehicle.
- Remove the console assembly.
- Remove the shift boot attaching screws and remove the boot. Remove the torque rod front extension mount bolts.
- From beneath the vehicle remove the torque rod rear mount by removing the rear extension collar bolt and removing the extension collar. The rod will now drop from the mount.
- Remove the torque rod from the shift lever by removing the retaining bolts. Pull off the change ball dust seal A and remove the change lever ball seat, and seal B.
- The shift lever can be disconnected underneath the vehicle by removing the bottom change ball holder and the rear joint retaining bolt. Keep track of the O-rings and the joint bushing.
- Reassemble the joint bushing. Make sure to grease the bushing and replace the O-rings.
- Assemble the change ball assembly with the change ball holder. Install the rear lever assembly and install the rear joint bolt, tighten it to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
- Install the rest of the components in reverse order. Tighten the torque rod extension bolt to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
- Install the front torque rod extension mount and tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
- Check the assembly for smooth movement when complete.