REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
On models with an air bag, wait at least 30 seconds from the time that the ignition switch is turned to the lock position and the battery is disconnected before performing any further work.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the air flow meter and the air cleaner hose.
- Raise the front of the vehicle and support it wit jackstands. Drain the transaxle fluid.
- Disconnect the speedometer cable at the transaxle.
- Disconnect the throttle cable from the throttle linkage and the bracket.
- Disconnect the engine ground strap at the transaxle.
- Tag and disconnect the starter electrical leads, remove the set bolts and then remove the starter.
- Remove the two transaxle housing set bolts.
- Remove the set bolt for the insulator bracket on the rear engine mount.
- Remove the engine under covers.
- Remove the lower suspension crossmember.
- Remove the dust covers, remove the four bolts and then remove the front and rear mounts.
- Remove the left side driveshaft (halfshaft). Disconnect the right side driveshaft (halfshaft) at the transaxle and wire it out of the way.
- Disconnect the exhaust pipe at the manifold and position it out of the way.
- Remove the stiffener plate.
- Remove the control cable clip and retainer, disconnect the cable from the bracket and remove the bracket.
- Disconnect the oil cooler lines. Plug the inlet holes and the ends of each line to prevent debris from entering.
- Remove the engine rear end plate (this will provide access to the torque converter bolt).
- Hold the crankshaft pulley bolt with a wrench and remove the converter mounting bolts. This will require spinning the crankshaft (clockwise only) to position the different bolts.
- Place a block of wood on an hydraulic floor jack and position the jack underneath the engine oil pan. Raise the jack just to support the engine, while at the same time easing the engine's weight on its mounts.
- Repeat Step 20 and position the jack underneath the transaxle.
- Remove the transaxle set bolts.
- Disconnect the front and rear engine/transaxle mounts.
- Lower the end of the transaxle slightly and remove the transaxle-to-engine mounting bolts.
- Carefully slide the jack backwards slightly while lowering it and remove the transaxle. Be sure that none of the electrical wires, cables or anything else snag on the transaxle while removing it
Check torque converter installation by measuring from the installed surface of the torque converter to the front surface of the transaxle housing. The correct distance is 0.51 in. (13mm) on 1986-89 models. On models with the 4A-FE engine the distance is 0.898 in. (23mm) and on the 5S-FE engine the distance is 0.657 in. (16.7mm).
- Align the two knock pins on the engine block with the converter housing to insure proper mating of the engine and transaxle. Temporarily install one bolt.
- Install the transaxle-to-engine mounting bolts. Tighten the 12mm bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm) and the 10mm bolts to 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm).
- Install the transmission mount set bolts and tighten them to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm).
- Install the torque converter mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts evenly to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm). Coat these bolts with a thread sealer. Install the engine rear end plate.
- Install the stiffener plate and tighten the mounting bolts to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
- Install the driveshafts (halfshafts) as outlined earlier in under Manual Transaxle.
- Install the engine mount center member cushions, install the member and tighten the bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Connect the exhaust pipe to the manifold and torque to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm).
- Install the front and rear mounts and tighten the bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Install the suspension lower crossmember and torque the larger bolts to 154 ft. lbs. (208 Nm) on 1986-89 models, to 112 ft. lbs. (152 Nm) on 1990-93 model, then the smaller bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) on 1986-89 models.
- Installation of the remaining components is in the reverse order of removal. Adjust the throttle cable, fill the transaxle with the specified fluid (See ), connect the battery and road test the vehicle.