Renault Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1985 Repair Guide

Engine

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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


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Fig. Fig. 1 Engine lifting sling in position on the R-12, R-15, R-17 or Gordini

  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2.  
  3. Remove the hood.
  4.  
  5. Remove the air cleaner.
  6.  
  7. Drain the cooling system.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect and tag all hoses, wires and cables attached to the engine.
  10.  
  11. Remove the radiator.
  12.  
  13. Remove the starter.
  14.  
  15. Remove the drive belts.
  16.  
  17. Remove the camshaft pulley.
  18.  
  19. Remove the top engine-transmission bolt.
  20.  
  21. Remove the fan and pulley.
  22.  
  23. Remove the crankshaft pulley.
  24.  
  25. Disconnect the exhaust pipe at the manifold and the rear crossmember.
  26.  
  27. Remove the clutch shield.
  28.  
  29. Install a shop crane or hoist on the engine and take up its weight.
  30.  
  31. Remove the two right side engine mount bolts at the block.
  32.  
  33. Remove the three engine mounting bracket bolts at the right side frame rail.
  34.  
  35. Remove the left side engine mount nut at the bracket.
  36.  
  37. Unbolt the mount bracket from the left side frame rail.
  38.  
  39. Raise the engine slightly and remove the engine support bracket.
  40.  
  41. Continue to raise the engine until the top of the transmission contacts the underside of the steering crossmember.
  42.  
  43. Support the transmission on a jack or jackstand.
  44.  
  45. Remove the two engine-transmission lower bolts.
  46.  
  47. Pull the engine forward and lift it out.
  48.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Coat the clutch shaft splines lightly with chassis lube. Place a few drops of Loctite on the crankshaft pulley bolt.
  2.  

R-18, Sport Wagon and Fuego Models


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Fig. Fig. 2 Engine hoisting fixture in position for the R-18 models or Fuego

  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2.  
  3. Remove the engine under-pan.
  4.  
  5. Drain the cooling system.
  6.  
  7. Drain the engine oil.
  8.  
  9. Remove the grille.
  10.  
  11. Remove the grille upper crossmember.
  12.  
  13. Remove the radiator and cooling fan. Vehicles with air conditioning have two fans. Both must be removed. On these vehicles, the air conditioning system should not be discharged. The condenser can be set aside without disconnecting any lines.
  14.  
  15. Remove the battery.
  16.  
  17. Remove the starter.
  18.  
  19. Remove the exhaust heat shields.
  20.  
  21. Remove the air cleaner.
  22.  
  23. Disconnect the exhaust pipe at the manifold.
  24.  
  25. Remove the catalytic converter.
  26.  
  27. Remove the clutch cable and its bracket on cars with manual transmission.
  28.  
  29. Disconnect and remove the alternator.
  30.  
  31. Remove the power steering pump from its bracket without disconnecting the hoses. Place it out of the way.
  32.  
  33. Remove the air conditioning compressor from its bracket without disconnecting the refrigerant lines. Place it out of the way.
  34.  
  35. Disconnect and tag all hoses, wires and cables connected to the engine.
  36.  
  37. Attach a shop crane or hoist to the engine and just barely take up the engine weight.
  38.  
  39. Remove the upper engine-transmission bolts.
  40.  
  41. Remove the flywheel cover plate.
  42.  
  43. Remove the lower engine-transmission bolts.
  44.  
  45. Remove the side engine-transmission bolts.
  46.  
  47. Unbolt the automatic transmission torque converter from the flywheel. The flywheel will have to be turned by hand to reach all the bolts.
  48.  
  49. Raise the engine until the transmission just touches the steering crossmember.
  50.  
  51. Support the transmission with a jack or jackstand.
  52.  
  53. Pull the engine forward to clear the transmission and raise it clear of the car. Be careful not to pull the converter off of the transmission.
  54.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Note the following points:
  2.  
    1. On cars with manual transmission, coat the input shaft splines with chassis lube.
    2.  
    3. Adjust the clutch cable.
    4.  
    5. On cars with automatic transmission, coat the crankshaft recess with chassis lube.
    6.  
    7. The painted mark on the torque converter (automatic transmission) must be aligned with the sharp-edged spoke on the flywheel. New bolts of equal grade must be used to attach the torque converter to the flywheel.
    8.  
    9. Adjust the automatic speed control cable, the accelerator cable and adjust the upper grille crossmember as shown.
    10.  


LeCar Models


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Fig. Fig. 3 The LeCar engine lifting fixture attaches to the transaxle-to-engine bolts (arrows)

The engine must be removed together with the transaxle.

  1. Raise the front of the car and support it on jackstands under the frame rails.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect and remove the battery.
  4.  
  5. Drain the cooling system at the radiator and block.
  6.  
  7. Drain the transaxle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the grille, the hood and the two cowl-to-inner fender support braces.
  10.  
  11. Remove the air cleaner.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect and tag all hoses, wires and cables attached to the engine, except for air conditioning and power steering hoses.
  14.  
  15. Remove the windshield washer bottle.
  16.  
  17. Remove the transaxle cover.
  18.  
  19. Remove the air cleaner support rod.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the exhaust pipe at the manifold.
  22.  
  23. Remove the radiator, cooling fan and expansion tank.
  24.  
  25. Remove the steering column flexible coupling bolts.
  26.  
  27. Remove the front wheels.
  28.  
  29. Remove the brake calipers, but do not disconnect the brake lines. Support the calipers out of the way.
  30.  
  31. Disconnect the steering arms at the rack ends.
  32.  
  33. Disconnect the ball joints and tilt the spindles out of the way.
  34.  
  35. Unbolt and remove the steering gear box. Mark the right and left shims so that they can be installed properly to maintain steering box height.
  36.  
  37. Remove the air pump, filter and bracket.
  38.  
  39. An engine lifting frame is available which bolts under the two top engine-to-transaxle bolts. If one cannot be obtained, attach a shop crane or hoist in a manner which will maintain engine-transaxle balance while lifting. If the lifting frame (part # Mot.498) is used, the bolts must be replaced with 1 3 / 8 in. long bolts to adequately support the weight.
  40.  
  41. Take up the weight of the engine with the hoist or lifting device. Remove the engine mount bolts.
  42.  
  43. Unbolt the transaxle shift rod support.
  44.  
  45. Disconnect the clutch cable at the fork.
  46.  
  47. Remove the front transaxle mount.
  48.  
  49. Push the transaxle left and right to free the driveshaft ends.
  50.  
  51. Gradually lift the engine/transaxle assembly clear of the car.
  52.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Note the following points:
  2.  
    1. Lightly grease the driveshaft ends with chassis lube.
    2.  
    3. When installing the driveshaft ends, take care not to damage the seal lips. Make certain that the driveshaft ends fully engage the differential side gears.
    4.  
    5. Adjust the clutch.
    6.  
    7. Make sure to replace the rubber bushing at the steering flexible coupling.
    8.  
    9. Adjust the accelerator and choke cables.
    10.  


Alliance and Encore Models


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Fig. Fig. 4 Properly connected engine lifting chain for the Alliance and Encore



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Fig. Fig. 5 Measure the exhaust pipe clamp spring length at dimension L



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Fig. Fig. 6 To remove the rocker arm cover, disconnect the throttle cable from the rocker arm cover pivot



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Fig. Fig. 7 Also disconnect the rocker arm cover pivot-to-carburetor throttle link



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Fig. Fig. 8 Remove any hoses or electrical connections that may interfere, and remove the hold-down nuts



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Fig. Fig. 9 Give the rocker arm cover a tap to loosen the gasket, then lift the cover from the engine

  1. Remove the hood.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the battery.
  4.  
  5. Remove the air cleaner.
  6.  
  7. Drain the cooling system.
  8.  
  9. Remove the radiator.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect and tag all wires, hoses and cables attached to the engine, except for air conditioning and power steering hoses. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
  12.  
  13. Drain the engine oil.
  14.  
  15. Remove the exhaust pipe clamp.
  16.  
  17. Remove the engine-to-transaxle support rod.
  18.  
  19. Remove the flywheel cover.
  20.  
  21. Remove all drive belts from the engine.
  22.  
  23. Remove the water pump.
  24.  
  25. Remove the crankshaft pulley and hub.
  26.  
  27. Remove the torque converter-to-flywheel bolts.
  28.  
  29. On cars with air conditioning, remove the compressor from its mounts without disconnecting the hoses, and place it out of the way.
  30.  
  31. Place a jack under the engine cradle, using a length a 4 X 4 lumber attached to the jack as shown.
  32.  
  33. Disconnect the clutch cable at the fork.
  34.  
  35. Remove the 5 engine-to-transaxle bolts.
  36.  
  37. Attach a shop crane or hoist to the engine and take up the weight.
  38.  
  39. Position a jack or jackstand under the transaxle and lift the engine, first forward, then up and out.
  40.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Note the following points:
  2.  
    1. Bleed the cooling system of air after filling.
    2.  
    3. Exhaust pipe clamp bolt spring length should be 1.7 in. at a bolt torque of 33 ft. lb.
    4.  


 
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