PT Cruiser, 2001 - 2005

Removal & Installation


40/41te Transaxle

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Battery cables
    Air cleaner assembly
    Battery and tray
    Upper starter-to-transaxle bell housing bolt
    Transaxle dipstick and tube
    Gearshift cable end from the transaxle shift lever
    Gearshift cable bracket bolt from the transaxle
    Transaxle oil cooler lines. Plug the lines to prevent contamination.
    Input and output speed sensor electrical connectors
    Transaxle range sensor connector
    Solenoid/pressure switch assembly connector
    Both front wheels
    Left front splash shield
    Both halfshafts
    Power steering hose from the structural collar
    Left and right side engine-to-transaxle lateral brace and structural collar
    Starter motor electrical connectors
    Gearshift cable bracket
    Driveplate-to-torque converter bolts and support the powertrain assembly
    Transaxle upper mount to bracket bolts and lower the powertrain assembly

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    Fig. Exploded view of automatic transaxle removal



To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Transaxle and torque the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) while supporting the transaxle with a jack
    Mount-to-transaxle bracket. Torque the bolts to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm) and remove the jack.
    Driveplate-to-torque converter bolts and torque the bolts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm)
    Starter and hand tighten the bolts
    Dipstick tube and secure the bracket to the transaxle. Torque the upper starter bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
    Cable bracket to the bell housing and torque the bolt to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm)
    Starter lower bolt and torque the bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
    Starter electrical connections
    Bell housing dust cover
    Lower dust shield screws and torque the bell housing cover bolts to 108 inch lbs. (12 Nm)
    Right side lateral bending brace and torque the bolts to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm)
    Both halfshafts
    Left side splash shield and both wheels
    Cooler lines to the transaxle and secure with constant tension clamps
    Solenoid/pressure switch assembly
    Transmission range sensor connector
    Input/output sensor connectors
    Gearshift cable to the bracket and connect it to the manual valve lever
    Battery tray and battery
    Air cleaner assembly
    VSS wiring
    Battery cables

  3. Fill the transaxle fluid to the proper level.
  5. Be sure the vehicle-s back-up lights and speedometer are working properly.