Mitsubishi Eclipse 1990-1998 Repair Guide

Manual Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1990-94 Vehicles

See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

If the vehicle is going to be rolled while the halfshafts are out of the vehicle, obtain 2 outer CV-joints or proper equivalent tools and install to the hubs. If the vehicle is rolled without the proper torque applied to the front wheel bearings, the bearings will no longer be usable.

  1. Disconnect the negative and positive battery cables, then remove the battery.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the air intake hoses.
  4.  
  5. Drain the transaxle and transfer case fluid, if equipped, into a suitable waste container.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin securing the select and shift cables and remove the cable ends from the transaxle. Discard the cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Remove the connection for the clutch release cylinder and without disconnecting the hydraulic line, secure aside.
  10.  
  11. Detach the backup light switch harness and position aside.
  12.  
  13. Unplug the starter electrical connections, if necessary, remove the starter motor and position aside.
  14.  
  15. Remove the transaxle upper part coupling bolt, then remove the transaxle mount bracket. Remove the upper transaxle mounting bolts.
  16.  
  17. Raise the vehicle and support safely on jackstands. Remove the undercover and the front wheels.
  18.  
  19. Remove the cotter pin and disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
  20.  
  21. Remove the self-locking nut from the halfshafts. Disconnect the lower arm ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  22.  
  23. Remove the halfshafts from the transaxle.
  24.  
  25. On AWD vehicles, disconnect the front exhaust pipe.
  26.  
  27. On AWD vehicles, remove the transfer case by removing the attaching bolts, moving the transfer case to the left and lowering the front side. Remove it from the rear driveshaft. Be careful of the oil seal. Do not allow the driveshaft to hang; once the front is removed from the transfer, tie it up. Cover the transfer case openings to keep out dirt.
  28.  
  29. Remove the cover from the transaxle bellhousing. On AWD, also remove the crossmember and the triangular gusset.
  30.  
  31. Remove the transaxle lower coupling bolt. It is just above the halfshaft opening on 2WD or transfer case opening on AWD.
  32.  
  33. Support the weight of the engine from above (chain hoist). Support the transaxle using a transmission jack and remove the remaining lower mounting bolts.
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  35. On turbocharged vehicles, be careful not to damage the lower radiator hose with the transaxle housing during removal. Wrap tape on both the lower hose and the transaxle housing to prevent damage. Move the transaxle assembly to the right and carefully lower it from the vehicle.
  36.  

To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of the procedure. Please note the following important steps.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the manual transaxle mounting (page 1 of 2)-1990-94 FWD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the manual transaxle mounting (page 2 of 2)-1990-94 FWD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the transaxle mounting (page 1 of 2)-1990-94 AWD vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 4: Exploded view of the transaxle mounting (page 2 of 2)-1990-94 AWD vehicles

  1. Refer the accompanying figures for tightening specifications.
  2.  
  3. Always use new cotter pins during installation.
  4.  
  5. When installing the halfshafts, use new circlips on the axle ends. Try to keep the inboard joint straight in relation to the axle. Be careful not to damage the oil seal lip of the transaxle with the serrated part of the halfshaft.
  6.  
  7. When installing the battery, first connect the positive cable, then the negative.
  8.  
  9. Make sure the vehicle is level when refilling the transaxle.
  10.  
  11. Check for proper operation. Make sure the reverse lights come on when in reverse.
  12.  

1995-98 Vehicles

See Figures 5, 6, 8, 9 and 7

  1. Disconnect the negative and positive battery cables, then remove the battery.
  2.  
  3. Drain the transaxle and transfer case fluid, if equipped, into a suitable waste container.
  4.  
  5. Remove the engine under cover.
  6.  
  7. If equipped with AWD, remove the transfer case assembly.
  8.  
  9. Remove the air cleaner cover, then disconnect the air intake hose.
  10.  
  11. For 2.0L turbo and 2.4L engines, remove the remaining 2 air hoses.
  12.  
  13. Remove the battery tray.
  14.  
  15. For 2.0L turbo engines and all AWD vehicles, remove the evaporative emission canister and holder.
  16.  
  17. Remove the battery tray stay.
  18.  
  19. Detach the shift cable and select cable connection.
  20.  
  21. Unplug the back-up light switch connector.
  22.  
  23. Detach the vehicle speed sensor connector.
  24.  
  25. Remove the starter motor.
  26.  
  27. For 2.0L turbo and 2.4L engines, remove the upper transaxle assembly mounting bolts.
  28.  
  29. Unfasten the rear roll stopper bracket mounting bolts.
  30.  
  31. Attach a suitable engine support fixture to the engine.
  32.  
  33. Unfasten the driveshaft retaining nut.
  34.  
  35. Use a floor jack to carefully raise the transaxle assembly, then remove the transaxle mounting bracket nuts. Be careful not to tilt the transaxle.
  36.  
  37. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  39. Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
  40.  
  41. Detach the stabilizer link connection.
  42.  
  43. Remove the damper fork.
  44.  
  45. Separate the lateral lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  46.  
  47. Disconnect the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  48.  
  49. Use a large prybar between the transaxle case and driveshaft to carefully disconnect the driveshaft. Do not insert the bar too far or the oil seal may be damaged.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the transaxle mounting (page 1 of 2)-1995-98 2.0L non-turbo engines shown



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Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of the transaxle mounting (page 2 of 2)-1995-98 2.0L non-turbo engines shown

  1. Suspend the driveshaft with a piece of wire so there are no bends in any of the joints.
  2.  
  3. Plug the hole in the transaxle case to prevent foreign materials from getting into the case.
  4.  
  5. For 2.0L non-turbo engines, remove the center member assembly at this time.
  6.  
  7. Remove the clutch release cylinder, but do not disconnect the fluid line and affix the cylinder to the body with the lines attached.
  8.  
  9. For 2.0L non-turbo engines, remove the front and rear plates.
  10.  
  11. For 2.0L non-turbo engines, remove the transaxle case lower cover.
  12.  
  13. For 2.0L turbo and 2.4L engines, remove the bell housing cover and right-hand side stay. Remove the center crossmember.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Exploded view of the manual transaxle mounting (page 1 of 2)-2.0L and 2.4L AWD vehicle shown, FWD similar



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Fig. Fig. 8: Exploded view of the manual transaxle mounting (page 2 of 2)-2.0L and 2.4L AWD vehicle shown, FWD similar

  1. Use a suitable jack to support the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. For 2.0L non-turbo engines, perform the following:
    1. Unfasten the flex plate connecting bolts. You will need to turn the crankshaft to get to all of the bolts.
    2.  
    3. Matchmark the position of the flex plate and clutch pressure plate for installation purposes.
    4.  
    5. Press the clutch pressure plate into the transaxle to make removal easier.
    6.  

  4.  
  5. Unfasten the transaxle mounting bolts, then carefully lower the transaxle from the vehicle.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Please note the following important steps.
  2.  
  3. Align the notches on the stopper with the transaxle mount bracket with the arrow mark facing the direction shown in the accompanying figure. Then, install the stopper.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 9: Proper alignment and installation of the transaxle mount bracket and stopper

  1. Refer the accompanying figures for tightening specifications.
  2.  
  3. Always use new cotter pins during installation.
  4.  
  5. When installing the halfshafts, use new circlips on the axle ends. Try to keep the inboard joint straight in relation to the axle. Be careful not to damage the oil seal lip of the transaxle with the serrated part of the halfshaft.
  6.  
  7. When installing the battery, first connect the positive cable, then the negative.
  8.  
  9. Make sure the vehicle is level when refilling the transaxle.
  10.  
  11. Check for proper operation. Make sure the reverse lights come on when in reverse.
  12.  

 
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