Honda Pilot - 2003-2005

Transaxle Removal & Installation


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  3. Drain the transaxle.
  5. Drain the power steering system.
  7. Remove the engine appearance covers.
  9. Remove the drivers side center console lower panel and pull back the cover to access steering joint cover.
  11. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Steering joint bolt
    Steering joint from the steering gearbox pinion shaft

    Battery tray
    Intake manifold cover
    Air intake assembly
    Power steering pump hose and the clamp bolt
    Splash shield
    Transmission breather tube
    Transaxle oil cooler lines
    Cooler hose from the clamp on the starter, if equipped
    Starter motor
    Shift control solenoid valve connectors
    Transaxle ground cable
    Connector from the bracket and the connector
    Harness clip from the brackets
    Clutch pressure switch connectors
    Joint connector and transmission range switch connector from the brackets
    Countershaft speed sensor connector
    Heated Oxygen (HO 2 S) sensor connectors
    Transmission housing mounting bolts
    Nut from the front mount and the ground cable from the engine
    Bulkhead cover, windshield wiper arms, cowl cover sealing and cover
    Install a support fixture to the engine lifting eyes.

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    Fig. Support the engine while removing the transaxle-Pilot

    Front sub-frame stiffener
    Primary HO 2 S sensor clamp bracket from the transmission and harness from the clamp
    Exhaust front pipe
    Lower control arms from the knuckle
    Stabilizer bar links
    Tie rod ends from the knuckle
    Left driveshaft from the differential
    Right driveshaft from the intermediate shaft
    Propeller shaft from the companion flange
    Shift cable cover and holder
    Shift control cable and lever

  13. Install a 6 x 1 x 14mm bolt and nut on the cable cover, then reinstall the cable cover to the torque converter housing. If this is not done, the bolt head of the cable cover may prevent torque converter removal.

    Transfer assembly
    Engine-to-torque converter bolts
    Power steering pressure switch connection
    Power steering hose clamp, then the hose from the pipe at the sub-frame
    Transmission lower mount nuts

  15. Matchmark the front subframe to the vehicle body.

    Rear mount bracket bolts

  17. Support the sub-frame with a 4 x 4 x 50 inch piece of wood and a jack.

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    Fig. Support the sub-frame with a 4 x 4 x 50 inch piece of wood and a jack

    Transaxle lower mounts
    Driveshafts from the differential and intermediate shaft
    Intermediate shaft
    Transmission front mount bracket
    Transmission flange bolts


To install:

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

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Please note the following specifications:

    Transmission housing bolts and harness clamp bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
    Transmission housing bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
    Front mount bracket bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
    Intermediate shaft bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm)
    Transfer assembly bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm)

  3. Raise the subframe into position and align the matchmarks. Tighten the subframe bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm). Tighten the front subframe bracket bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm) and the rear bracket bolts to 86 ft. lbs. (117 Nm).

    Rear engine mount bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
    Engine-to-torque converter bolts. Tighten the 6 x 1 mm bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm), 10 x 1.25mm bolt to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
    Front motor mount nut to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)

  5. Fill the transaxle to the correct level.
  7. Start the engine and check for leaks.
  9. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.