- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Negative battery cable
Support the transaxle with a suitable jack.
- Carefully separate the transaxle assembly from the engine assembly. Lower the assembly from the vehicle.
- Be sure that the transaxle is secured firmly to the transaxle jack.
- Carefully raise the transaxle into the vehicle and align the transaxle to the engine assembly, making sure that the alignment dowels are positioned properly.
- Install or connect the remaining components in the reverse order of removal. Refer to the accompanying transaxle torque specification illustration for bolt locations and their specifications.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Fill the transaxle with the correct amount and type of fluid.
- Start the engine.
- Check for leaks and proper operation.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove both halfshafts. Please refer to Halfshafts, Removal and Installation for the procedure.
- Remove the starter motor. Please refer to Engine Electrical, Starting System, Starter, Removal and Installation for the procedure.
- Disconnect the crankshaft position sensor electrical connector.
Disconnect the two-wire transaxle electrical harness connector.
WARNINGBe careful not to scratch or damage the sensor edge of the crankshaft position (CKP) sensor.
- Remove the crankshaft position (CKP) sensor heat shield retaining nut and remove the shield.
- Remove the CKP sensor bolt and remove the sensor.
- Remove the transaxle dipstick.
- Remove the ground strap nut at the transaxle dipstick tube.
- Remove the upper and lower mounting nuts for the transaxle dipstick tube and remove the tube.
- Remove the upper transaxle-to-engine mounting bolts.
- Unclip the wiring harness from the transaxle and disconnect the two electrical connectors.
- Remove the three upper transaxle-to-engine mounting bolts.
- Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
- Place a drain pan under the transaxle oil pan drain.
- Loosen the drain plug with a wrench. Gently hold in on the drain plug as it is unscrewed to prevent fluid from escaping until the plug is fully removed.
- Allow the fluid to drain fully.
- Disconnect the transaxle range (TR) switch electrical connector.
- Disconnect the transaxle oil cooler hoses from the transaxle assembly and plug the hoses.
- Remove the shift cable nut and shift cable from the manual shift linkage rod.
- Using a screwdriver, release the shift cable locking pin from the shift cable bracket and remove the shift cable from the bracket.
- Disconnect the transaxle ground strap from the end of the transaxle case.
- Disconnect the vehicle speed sensor (VSS) electrical connector.
- Remove the VSS hold-down bracket bolt and remove the bracket and sensor from the transaxle.
- Loosen the two front transaxle-to-engine brace bolts completely.
- Loosen the two rear transaxle-to-engine brace bolts completely.
- Remove the three lower rear transaxle bell housing bolts.
- Remove the three lower front transaxle bell housing bolts and remove the torque converter inspection plate.
- Mark the torque converter and flywheel to ensure proper positioning during reassembly.
- Remove the four torque converter-to-flywheel bolts. Use a socket on the crankshaft pulley bolt to rotate the flywheel and torque converter to gain access to the bolts, and to stop the crankshaft from turning.
- Place a suitable transaxle jack under the transaxle and secure the transaxle to the jack.
- Remove the rear transaxle-to-engine bolt.
- Remove the front transaxle-to-engine bolt.
- Remove the three rear transaxle mount nuts and the rear mount through bolt and remove the mount.
- Remove the three front transaxle mount bolts and the front mount through bolt and remove the mount.
- Carefully separate the transaxle from the engine, being careful that the transaxle-to-engine separator plate does not fall from the engine.
- Lower the transaxle from the vehicle.
The installation is the reverse of removal, but please note the following important steps.
NOTEFlush the transaxle cooler and cooler lines thoroughly before installing the transaxle.
- Before installing the transaxle, make sure that the torque converter is fully seated in the transaxle. Using a straight edge placed across the transaxle case-to-engine mating surface, measure the distance between the straight edge and the face of the torque converter bolt holes. The distance should be at least 0.75 inch (19mm).
- Before mounting the transaxle to the engine, position the transaxle-to-engine separator plate on the engine alignment dowels.
- When mounting the transaxle to the engine, make sure that the dowels are properly aligned.
- Make sure that the flywheel and the torque converter are properly aligned before installing the transaxle-to-engine bolts.
- When installing the lower transaxle-to-engine bolts, tighten them to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm).
- When installing the rear transaxle mount, tighten the nuts and the through bolt to 32-41 ft. lbs. (43-55 Nm).
- When installing the front transaxle mount, tighten the bolts to 30-38 ft. lbs. (41-52 Nm). Tighten the through bolt to 47-54 ft. lbs. (64-74 Nm).
- When installing the torque converter-to-flywheel bolts, tighten them to 33-43 ft. lbs. (44-59 Nm).
- When installing the torque converter inspection plate, tighten the lower front bell housing bolts to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm).
- When installing the lower rear bell housing bolts, tighten them to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm).
- When tightening the rear transaxle-to-engine brace bolts, tighten them to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm).
- When tightening the front transaxle-to-engine brace bolts, tighten them to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm).
- When installing the shift cable, tighten the nut to 8.7-10.8 ft. lbs. (11.8-14.7 Nm).
- When installing the upper transaxle-to-engine mounting bolts, tighten them to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm).
- When installing the transaxle dipstick tube, tighten the nuts to 36-44 inch lbs. (4-5 Nm).
- Fill the transaxle with the proper fluid to the required level. Please refer to General Information and Maintenance, Fluids and Lubricants, Automatic Transaxle, Level Check for the procedure.
- Check for leaks.
- Road test the vehicle to check the transaxle for proper operation.