Renault Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1985 Repair Guide

Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



LeCar


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Fig. Fig. 1 Support plate mounting bolts (arrows) on the LeCar



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Fig. Fig. 2 Remove the tubular crossmember in the direction shown-remove bolt (1) and twist crossmember, then remove bolt (2)



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Fig. Fig. 3 Special engine holding tool installed after transaxle removal

  1. Disconnect the battery leads and the transaxle ground wire.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the speedometer cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the water pump drive belt.
  6.  
  7. Remove the camshaft pulley, the air pump filter, the air pump and the mounting bracket.
  8.  
  9. Remove the two upper bolts on the starter.
  10.  
  11. Remove the clutch housing bolts which are on the engine.
  12.  
  13. Remove the wheels and the brake calipers without disconnecting the brake hoses.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the steering arms at the steering rack end.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the upper ball joints from the upper suspension.
  18.  
  19. Remove the driveshafts from the side gears by tilting the stub axle carriers downward.
  20.  


WARNING
Do not damage the oil seal lips on the differential adjusting nuts while removing the driveshafts.

  1. Remove the two mounting bolts from the support on the transaxle.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the clutch cable at the lever and push the sleeve retainer to free it from the supporting tab.
  4.  
  5. Remove the top bolt and then the tubular crossmember, in the direction of the arrow.
  6.  
  7. Replace the top bolt in the frame hole and then remove the bottom bolts from the crossmember.
  8.  
  9. Tap the crossmember towards the rear of the vehicle and remove it.
  10.  
  11. Replace the bottom bolt in the frame hole.
  12.  
  13. Support the front end of the transaxle with a jack and remove the front mounting pad with its bracket.
  14.  
  15. Remove the starter bottom bolt and then the starter.
  16.  
  17. Remove the side reinforcement mounting bolts and the clutch cover.
  18.  
  19. Special holding tools should be used to hold the engine while the transaxle is removed from the vehicle body. Remove the transaxle assembly.
  20.  
  21. The installation of the transaxle is the reverse of the removal procedure. The clutch free-play at the end of the clutch lever should be adjusted to within 1 / 8 - 5 / 32 inch.
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Alliance and Encore


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Fig. Fig. 4 Engine holding fixture for the Alliance and Encore

This procedure covers both the JB-O 4-speed and the JB-1 5-speed transaxles.

  1. Place the vehicle on jack stands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the filler and drain plugs and drain the transaxle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the front wheels and disconnect the driveshafts.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the gearshift lever linkage and the engine-transaxle support rod.
  8.  
  9. Remove the clutch shield and all mounting pad nuts.
  10.  
  11. Remove the air filter.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the back-up lamp switch wire connector and remove the TDC sensor.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the clutch cable, speedometer cable and ground wire.
  16.  
  17. Remove the radiator and lay it on the engine without disconnecting the hoses.
  18.  
  19. Using a suitable lifting device, raise the engine slightly to free the rear mounts.
  20.  
  21. Attach a second lifting device to the clutch cable bracket and bolt on the transaxle.
  22.  
  23. Remove the starter motor mounting bolts.
  24.  
  25. Remove the transaxle retaining bolts, separate the transaxle from the engine and lift it free of the chassis.
  26.  

To install:

For the JB-1 transaxle, slide the 5th speed casing between the sidemembers.

  1. Raise the engine and slide the transaxle into the clutch splines.
  2.  
  3. Install the transaxle retaining nuts and remove the lifting device from the transaxle.
  4.  
  5. Install the starter motor mounting bolts.
  6.  
  7. Lower the engine onto the mounting pads, install the nuts and tighten them to 40-50 ft. lbs.
  8.  
  9. Install the radiator and the clutch shield.
  10.  
  11. Connect the clutch cable, the speedometer cable and the ground wire. Secure the speedometer cable with the clip.
  12.  
  13. Connect the back-up lamp wire connector switch and install the TDC sensor.
  14.  
  15. Install the air filter.
  16.  
  17. Connect the gearshift lever linkage and the engine-transaxle support rod.
  18.  
  19. Connect the driveshafts.
  20.  
  21. Install the front wheels and tighten the nuts to the specified torque.
  22.  
  23. Refill the transaxle and install the filler plug.
  24.  

Remove the breather plug before attempting to refill the transaxle to allow for air displacement.

R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini


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Fig. Fig. 5 Driving out the driveshaft roll pins using a drift



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Fig. Fig. 6 Proper placement of tool T.Av.509-01 or equivalent is between the lower shock mount and the lower control arm



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Fig. Fig. 7 Aligning the stub axle shaft roll pins for installation

Some special tools are required for this procedure.

  1. Disconnect and remove the battery.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air cleaner.
  4.  
  5. Remove the starter.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the clutch cable and remove its bracket.
  8.  
  9. On the R-12 and Canadian 1975 Gordini, remove the camshaft and water pump pulleys.
  10.  
  11. On the R-12 and Canadian 1975 Gordini, loosen the alternator, tilt it all the way in toward the engine and tighten it there.
  12.  
  13. Place tool T.Av.509 or equivalent between the shock absorber lower mounts and the lower control arm hinge pins.
  14.  
  15. Raise and support the front of the car on jackstands.
  16.  
  17. Drain the transaxle.
  18.  
  19. Using a drift, drive out the driveshaft roll pins and disconnect the driveshafts from the transaxle.
  20.  
  21. Using a ball joint separator, disconnect the steering arm joint and the upper control arm ball joints.
  22.  
  23. Tilt the stub axle carrier, which will free the driveshafts from the transaxle.
  24.  
  25. Disconnect the speedometer cable, the shift linkage and the backup light switch control wires from the transaxle case.
  26.  
  27. Remove the engine crossmember.
  28.  
  29. Remove the exhaust pipe.
  30.  
  31. Place a jack under the transaxle and take up the weight of the case. Remove the transaxle crossmember.
  32.  
  33. Lower the jack to gain access to the transaxle-to-engine bolts. Remove the clutch housing cover and unbolt the transaxle from the engine.
  34.  
  35. Carefully back the transaxle away from the engine and out from under the car.
  36.  
  37. Installation is the reverse of removal. Lightly grease the clutch plate splines and the driveshaft splines with chassis lube. Connect the linkage with the transaxle in fourth gear. Adjust the clutch to give a free-play of 7 / 64 - 9 / 64 inch at the release lever.
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R-18, Fuego and Sport Wagon


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Fig. Fig. 8 Driving out the driveshaft roll pins using a drift



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Fig. Fig. 9 Proper placement of tool T.Av.509-01 or equivalent is between the lower shock mount and the lower control arm



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Fig. Fig. 10 Aligning the stub axle shaft roll pins for installation

It is not necessary to drain the lubrication from the transaxle since the side gears are sealed.

  1. Disconnect the battery, the positive cable to the starter and the power lead to the solenoid.
  2.  
  3. Remove the three starter attaching bolts from the bell housing.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear attaching bolt of the starter.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the bolt of the engine mount on the starter side and swing the rear fixing bracket into a horizontal position.
  8.  
  9. Pull the starter back the length of its nose. On the 352 model transaxle, turn the starter 90 degrees and remove the starter (both transaxle models).
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the clutch cable at the fork lever.
  12.  
  13. Place the special transaxle removal tool support plates between the lower shock absorber fixing pins and the lower suspension arm shafts, if using the tool.
  14.  
  15. Loosen the front wheel bolts.
  16.  
  17. Raise the vehicle on a hoist or by other means.
  18.  
  19. Remove the front wheels.
  20.  
  21. Remove the brake calipers from both front wheel assemblies.
  22.  
  23. Punch out the roll pins on the sides of the gear/driveshafts.
  24.  
  25. Remove the steering tie rod ball joint nut and loosen the tie rod ball joint.
  26.  
  27. Loosen the upper suspension ball joint stud after removing the retaining nut.
  28.  
  29. Tilt the stub axle carrier, disengaging the driveshaft from the side gear shaft. Remove the opposite driveshaft in the same manner.
  30.  
  31. Disconnect the speedometer cable and the wiring to the back-up lights and emission control switches.
  32.  
  33. Disconnect the gear shift linkage.
  34.  

Do not remove the gear shift linkage ball joints from their housings.

  1. Remove the clutch protective shield.
  2.  
  3. If using the transaxle remover jack assembly, place it under the transaxle and lift the transaxle slightly. Remove the left and right transaxle mounts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the transaxle attaching bolts and pull the assembly to the rear, being careful not to damage the pressure plate. Lower the transaxle to the floor.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Lightly lubricate the splines of the clutch shaft and raise the transaxle in line with the engine/flywheel assembly.
  2.  
  3. Push the transaxle assembly forward into the position with the engine, while engaging the clutch shaft into the clutch plate.
  4.  
  5. Install the left and right transaxle supports and remove the installing jack.
  6.  
  7. Install the clutch protective cover and be sure the top dead center sensor is positioned 0.039 inch (1.0mm) from the engine flywheel.
  8.  
  9. Reconnect the speedometer cable, the back-up light wires, the emission control switch wires and the gear shift linkage.
  10.  
  11. Lightly lubricate the splines of the differential side gears and position the driveshaft next to the side gear (either side).
  12.  
  13. Tilt the stub axle while engaging the driveshaft in the side gear. Line the holes in the drive shaft and stub axle and install the roll pin. Do the same procedure on the opposite side. Be sure the roll pin is installed.
  14.  
  15. Engage the stub axle carrier in the upper suspension ball joint and lock the cone. Tighten the nut to 48 ft. lbs.
  16.  
  17. Engage the tie rod ball joints. Tighten the nuts to 48 ft. lbs.
  18.  
  19. Install the front calipers on the front suspension.
  20.  
  21. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle. Tighten the wheel lugs.
  22.  
  23. Connect the clutch cable to the fork.
  24.  
  25. Place the starter in its housing, pull the support bracket into position and tighten the bracket bolt.
  26.  
  27. Tighten the starter attaching bolts.
  28.  
  29. Check the gear shift lever adjustment and the clutch cable adjustment.
  30.  

The release bearing must be in constant contact with the pressure plate diaphragm.

  1. Complete the assembly of disconnected components.
  2.  
  3. Connect the battery and road test the vehicle.
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