REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Remove the left front tire.
- Drain the transaxle fluid.
- Remove the left side fender protector.
- Remove the halfshafts.
Be careful not to damage the oil seals when removing the halfshafts. After removing the halfshafts, install a suitable bar so the side gears will not rotate and fall into the differential case.
- On Sentra Wagon, disconnect and remove the forward exhaust pipe.
- Disconnect the speedometer cable.
- Disconnect the throttle wire (cable) connection.
- Remove the control cable rear end from the unit and remove the oil level gauge tube.
- Place a suitable jack under the transaxle and engine. Do not place the jack under the oil pan drain plug. Support the engine with wooden blocks placed between the engine and the center member.
- Disconnect the oil cooler and charging tubes. Plug the tube ends to prevent leakage.
- Remove the engine motor mount securing bolts, as required.
- Remove the starter motor and disconnect all electrical wires from the transaxle.
- Loosen and remove all but 3 of the bolts holding the transaxle to the engine. Leave the 3 bolts in to support the weight of the transaxle while removing the converter bolts.
- Remove the driveplate or dust covers.
- Remove the bolts holding the torque converter to the driveplate. Rotate the crankshaft to gain access to each bolt. Before separating the torque converter, place chalk marks on 2 parts for alignment purposes during installation.
The transaxle bolts are different lengths. Tag each bolt according to location to ensure proper installation.
- Remove the 3 temporary bolts. Move the jack gradually until the transaxle can be lowered and removed from the vehicle through the left side wheel housing.
- Check the driveplate run-out with a dial indicator. Run-out must be no more than 0.020 in. (0.5mm).
- If the torque converter was removed from the engine for any reason, after it is installed, the distance from the face of the converter to the edge of the transaxle housing (distance A ) must be checked prior to installing the transaxle. This is done to ensure proper installation of the torque converter. Check the distance and make sure it is as follows: RL3F01A transaxles should be 0.831 in. (21mm) or more, RL4F03A and RL4F03V transaxles should be 0.748 in. (19mm) or more.
- Raise the transaxle onto the engine and install the torque converter-to-driveplate bolts. Torque the bolts to specification. Install 3 bolts to support the transaxle while tighten the converter bolts.
After the converter Is Installed, rotate the crankshaft several times to make sure the transaxle rotates freely and does not bind.
- Install the driveplate or dust covers.
Install the transaxle mounting bolts and tighten as follows:
1982-89 vehicles, tighten bolts (1), (2) and (3) to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm and bolts (4) to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm).
- Connect the transaxle wiring and install the starter.
- Install the engine mounts, if removed.
- Connect the oil cooler and charging tubes.
- Remove the engine and transaxle supports.
- Install the oil level gauge tube and control cable rear end.
- Connect the throttle wire (cable) connection.
- Connect the speedometer cable.
- On Sentra wagon, install the front exhaust pipe using new gaskets.
- Install the halfshafts.
- Install the left side fender protector.
- Mount the left front tire and lower the vehicle.
- Fill the transaxle and engine with the proper amounts of fluids.
- Adjust the control cable and throttle wire.
- Check the inhibitor switch for proper operation.
- Road test the vehicle.
See Figures 4, 5, 6 and 7
- Disconnect the negative and positive battery cables.
- Remove the battery and bracket from the vehicle.
- Remove the air duct between the throttle body and the air cleaner.
- Disconnect the solenoid harness connector, inhibitor switch harness connector and the revolution speed sensor harness connector.
- Disconnect the torque converter clutch solenoid harness connector and the vehicle speed sensor harness connector.
- If equipped, remove the crankshaft position sensor from the transaxle.
- For RL4F03A transaxles, disconnect the throttle wire at the engine side.
- Drain the fluid from the transaxle.
- Disconnect the control cable from the transaxle.
- Disconnect the oil cooler lines from the transaxle.
- Remove the halfshafts from the transaxle.
- Remove the intake manifold support brackets.
- Remove the starter motor from the transaxle.
- Remove the upper bolts that secure the transaxle to the engine.
- Using a block of wood, support the transaxle with a jack.
- Remove the center crossmember.
- On vehicles with GA16DE engines, remove the front and rear gussets.
- Remove the rear plate cover.
- Remove the torque converter mounting bolts. It will be necessary to rotate the engine by hand to gain access to all bolts.
- Remove the rear transaxle to engine bracket.
- Remove the rear transaxle mount.
- Remove the lower transaxle to engine mounting bolts.
- Slide the transaxle away from the engine and lower the transaxle assembly.
When connecting the torque converter to the transaxle, be sure to measure the distance between the mounting lug of the converter and the front edge of the transaxle.
The measured distance between the converter and the front of the transaxle (distance
) should be:
- 0.831 in. (21.1mm) or more for GA16DE engine vehicles
- 0.626 in. (15.9mm) or more for SR20DE engine vehicles
- Raise the transaxle and install to engine driveplate.
- Install the transaxle mounting bolts in the proper location as noted during removal. Torque the bolts to specifications.
For bolt identification, tightening specifications and sequence, refer to the appropriate graphic.
- Install the rear transaxle mount.
- Install the rear transaxle to engine bracket.
- Install the torque converter mounting bolts and torque the four bolts to 33-43 ft. lbs. (44-59 Nm).
- Install the rear cover plate.
- If removed, install the front and rear gussets.
- Install the center crossmember.
- Install the starter motor.
- Install the intake manifold support brackets.
- Install the halfshafts.
- Connect the oil cooler lines to the transaxle.
- Connect the control cable to the transaxle. If necessary, adjust the control cable.
- If disconnected, connect the throttle wire at the engine side.
- Connect the crankshaft position sensor, if removed.
- Connect the torque converter clutch solenoid harness connector and the vehicle speed sensor harness connector.
- Connect the solenoid harness connector, inhibitor switch harness connector, and the revolution sensor harness connector.
- Install the air duct between the throttle body and the air cleaner.
- Install the bracket and battery to the vehicle.
- Connect the positive and negative battery cables.
- Fill the transaxle to the proper level, start the engine, and recheck the fluid level.
- Road test the vehicle and verify proper operation.