REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Drain the radiator coolant into a suitable container. If clean, the coolant can be reused.
- Disconnect the upper radiator hose.
- Remove the air cleaner assembly on carbureted cars; disconnect the air intake connector on fuel injected cars.
- Disconnect the transmission throttle cable by loosening the adjusting nuts, disconnecting the cable housing from the bracket, removing the clip from the pin and disconnecting the cable form the linkage.
- Jack up the car and safely support it with jackstands. Drain the transmission.
- Disconnect the three connectors to the neutral start and back-up light switches near the starter.
- Disconnect the intermediate driveshaft. Remove the driveshaft center bearing.
- Disconnect the exhaust pipe from the tail pipe at the rear side of the catalytic converter. Remove the two rubber hangers, and remove the pipe clamp from the transmission case.
- Remove the oil cooler pipe clamp from the transmission case, and disconnect the two oil cooler pipes from the transmission.
- Disconnect the shift linkage at the rear connection.
- Disconnect the speedometer cable.
- Remove the exhaust pipe bracket, catalytic converter cover and both stiffener plates (if equipped) from the bell housing and rear of cylinder block.
- On the 1982-85 cars with rack and pinion steering, unbolt the steering gear (rack) housing and disconnect the housing from the steering linkage and steering column assembly. Leave the steering fluid lines connected, and suspend the housing from the front of the car.
- Jack the transmission up just enough to remove the weight from the rear transmission support member.
- Remove the transmission ground cable. Place a wooden block between the cowl panel and the rear of the cylinder head to prevent damaging the heater hoses. Remove the transmission rear support member.
- Remove the bottom engine cover.
- Remove the six torque converter mounting bolts by turning the crankshaft to gain access to each bolt.
- Make a guide pin by cutting the head off of a bolt that will screw into one of the torque converter bolt holes. Install the guide pin into one of the holes.
- Remove the starter.
- Remove the transmission bell housing-to-engine block mounting bolts.
- Using a prybar, pry on the end of the guide pin to begin moving the transmission and converter assembly towards the rear of the car. The guide pin helps keep the converter with the transmission.
- Using a hydraulic floor jack as an aid, pull out the transmission by drawing it down and towards the rear of the car.
Be careful not to snag the throttle cable or neutral start switch cable. Keep the oil pan positioned downward.
- Transmission installation is in the reverse order of removal. Tighten the converter bolts evenly to 11-15 ft. lbs. (15-20 Nm), and the transmission housing mounting bolts to 37-57 ft. lbs. (50-77 Nm).