Honda_Element_2003-2006

Transaxle Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section. Also see the IMA system disabling before proceeding with any procedure.
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  3. Drain the transaxle fluid.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative and then positive battery cables
     
    Battery tray
     
    Air intake assembly
     
    Engine splash shield and bracket
     
    Starter motor
     
    Transaxle ground cable
     
    Solenoid valve connector
     
    Input shaft speed sensor connector
     
    Shift cable and bracket
     
    Range switch connector
     
    Output shaft speed sensor connectors
     
    Upper transaxle housing mounting bolts
     
    Front wheels
     
    Axle shaft nuts
     
    Lower arms from knuckle
     
    Axle shafts from differential
     
    Transaxle oil cooler hoses and cap the openings
     
    Rear mount and bracket
     
    Drive plate bolts through the starter opening
     

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  7. Install a suitable engine lifting device and lift and support the engine.
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  9. Raise the transaxle enough to take the weight off the mounts.
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  11. Install a transmission jack.
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  13. Remove the transaxle ground cable from the transaxle mount bracket, then remove the mount bracket.
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  15. Remove the heat shield and exhaust manifold bracket.
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  17. Remove the lower transmission housing mounting bolts.
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  19. Pull the transaxle back until it clears the dowel pins and remove the transaxle.
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To install:


NOTE
Use new circlips, split pins and self-locking nuts for assembly.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Transaxle
     
    Lower transaxle housing mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
     
    Exhaust manifold bracket and heat shield. Tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
     
    Transaxle mount bracket. Tighten the nuts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm), then the bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
     
    Ground cable
     
    Upper transaxle housing mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
     
    Rear mount bracket. Tighten the horizontal bolts to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Tighten the vertical bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
     
    Remove the engine hangar
     

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  3. Install the drive plate bolts and tighten them in a criss-cross pattern to 52 inch lbs. (6 Nm). Tighten them again in a criss cross pattern to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Transaxle oil cooler hoses
     
    Axle shafts to differential using new circlips
     
    Lower arms to knuckle. Tighten the nut to 40-47 ft. lbs. (54-64 Nm).
     
    Axle shaft nut. Tighten the nut to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     
    Splash shield
     
    Output shaft speed sensor connectors
     
    Range switch connector
     
    Shift cable and bracket
     
    Input shaft speed sensor connector
     
    Transaxle ground cable
     
    Starter motor
     
    Engine splash shield
     
    Air intake assembly
     
    Battery tray
     
    Negative and then positive battery cables
     

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  7. Check the engine timing.
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  9. Fill the transaxle to the correct level.
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  11. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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  13. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
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  15. Connect the Honda Diagnostic System (HDS) tool to the data link connector.
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  17. Follow the prompts on the tester to perform the Start Clutch Control system calibration procedure.
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