Renault Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1985 Repair Guide

Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Tool T.Av.509 or equivalent is installed between the shock absorber lower mount and the lower control arm hinge



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Fig. Fig. 2 Proper torque converter alignment-R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini shown, other models are similar



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Fig. Fig. 3 TDC sensor alignment-note the gap (A) and attaching screw (3). Not all models will have a TDC sensor

Alliance and Encore
  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2.  
  3. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  4.  
  5. Drain the engine oil.
  6.  
  7. Drain the cooling system.
  8.  
  9. Remove the air cleaner.
  10.  
  11. Remove the radiator.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect and tag all wires, hoses and cables from the engine and transaxle.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the exhaust pipe at the manifold.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the transaxle linkage.
  18.  
  19. Remove the front wheels.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the tie rod ends using a ball joint separator.
  22.  
  23. Unbolt the brake calipers and hang them out of the way without disconnecting the brake hoses.
  24.  
  25. Disconnect the driveshafts at the transaxle.
  26.  
  27. Place a jack under the engine-transaxle unit and unbolt the mounts. Attach a lifting device to the engine and lift it from the car.
  28.  

When separating the engine from the transaxle, first unbolt the torque converter. Take care not to drop the converter.

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal.
  2.  

When attaching the exhaust pipe, tighten the bolts until each spring on each bolt is 1.71 in. (43.5mm) long. Tighten the torque converter bolts in alternating order to 20-25 ft. lb.

R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini
  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2.  
  3. Remove the starter.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the transmission vacuum line.
  6.  
  7. Remove the camshaft pulley.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the transmission wiring harness and remove its bracket.
  10.  
  11. Drain the transmission fluid.
  12.  
  13. Insert spacers, Tool T.Av.509 or equivalent, between the shock absorber lower mount and the lower control arm hinge.
  14.  
  15. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  16.  
  17. Using a drift, punch out the driveshaft roll pins.
  18.  
  19. Using a ball joint separator, disconnect the steering arm ball joints and the upper control arm ball joints.
  20.  
  21. Tilt the driveshaft carriers, freeing the driveshafts from the transaxle.
  22.  
  23. Move the selector lever to 1st gear and disconnect the selector linkage and electronic control unit linkage.
  24.  
  25. Remove the dipstick tube and converter cover.
  26.  
  27. Remove the three torque converter-to-fly-wheel bolts.
  28.  
  29. Disconnect the exhaust pipe bracket at the case.
  30.  
  31. Place a floor jack at the rear of the transaxle and take up the transaxle weight.
  32.  
  33. Remove the rear crossmember.
  34.  
  35. Lower the jack slightly and disconnect the speedometer and governor cables.
  36.  
  37. Unbolt the engine from the transaxle and roll the transaxle from under the car. Take care to avoid dropping the torque converter.
  38.  
  39. Assembly is the reverse of disassembly. Note the following points:
  40.  
    1. When bolting up the torque converter, note that one converter arm is marked with a dab of paint and has machined sharp angles. This arm is lined up with the timing hole in the flywheel.
    2.  
    3. Grease the driveshaft splines with chassis lube prior to installation.
    4.  
    5. Adjust all linkage points as described earlier.
    6.  


R-18, Fuego and Sport Wagon
  1. Disconnect the battery and drain the transmission assembly.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the vacuum control hose and the wiring connectors. Remove the support.
  4.  
  5. Special spacers should be placed between the lower shock absorber base and the lower suspension arm pivot shaft.
  6.  
  7. Place the vehicle on jack stands and drive out the roll pins from the driveshafts.
  8.  
  9. Separate the steering ball joints and the upper suspension ball joints.
  10.  
  11. Tilt the stub axle carriers to free the driveshafts from the side gears.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the selector linkage while the lever is in the neutral position.
  14.  
  15. Remove the transmission dipstick and the converter protector plate.
  16.  
  17. Remove the three converter bolts and the exhaust pipe bracket nut which is attached to the transmission.
  18.  
  19. Place a jack assembly under the vehicle and remove the two transmission supports.
  20.  
  21. Lower the transmission enough to disconnect the speedometer and the governor cables.
  22.  
  23. Remove the engine/transmission bolts and lower the transmission from the vehicle.
  24.  

Do not allow the converter to slip out of bell housing.

Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Note the following steps:

  1. When installing the converter, place the boss that is located opposite the timing hole in line with the sharp cornered edge on the converter drive plate, which is marked by a dab of paint.
  2.  
  3. Lightly lubricate the side gear splines and position the driveshafts in line with the side gears.
  4.  
  5. If the vehicle is equipped with a TDC sensor, the sensor must be positioned approximately 0.039 inch (1.0mm) from the engine flywheel.
  6.  
  7. Adjust the gear selector lever and the governor cable.
  8.  
  9. Be sure the computer and governor connections are made and the transmission ground wire is connected.
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