Toyota Corolla 1988-1997 Repair Guide

Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2WD Models

See Figures 1 through 16


CAUTION
On models with an airbag, wait at least 90 seconds from the time that the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the battery is disconnected before performing any further work.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the air cleaner case assembly with hose. Remove the coolant reservoir tank.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the manual transaxle mounting-1988-95 2WD models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the manual transaxle mounting-1996-97 2WD models

  1. Remove release cylinder tube bracket and cylinder assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Unbolt and remove the slave cylinder from the transaxle

  1. Disconnect the back-up light switch harness.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Separate the wiring harness from the back-up light switch

  1. Remove the ground cable. Disconnect shift cables from the transaxle.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the bolt retaining the ground cable to the manual transaxle



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Fig. Fig. 6: Disconnect the control cable from the lever housing support bracket

  1. Disconnect vehicle speed sensor harness or speedometer cable.
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  3. Remove the starter set bolt from the transaxle upper side.
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  5. Remove the transaxle upper mounting bolts.
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  7. Remove the engine left mounting stay.
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  9. Remove the set both of the engine left mounting insulator from the transaxle upper side.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Remove the set bolt from the left engine insulator on the transaxle upper side

  1. Install engine support fixture. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Install an engine support fixture

  1. Remove the front wheels. Remove the engine under covers.
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  3. Drain the transaxle oil.
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  5. Disconnect the lower ball joint from the lower arm.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the bolt and nuts securing the lower control arm to the ball joint

  1. Remove the halfshafts-refer to the necessary service procedures.
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  3. Remove the front exhaust pipe.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Separate the front exhaust pipe to the exhaust manifold and catalyst

  1. On 1988-95 models, remove the hole cover for the engine front mounting bolts. Remove the engine front mounting set bolts.
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Fig. Fig. 11: Unbolt the engine front mounting, the bolts are behind a cover-1988-95 2WD models

  1. Disconnect engine rear mounting on the 1988-95 models.
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Fig. Fig. 12: Unbolt the rear engine mounting bolts-1988-95 2WD models

  1. On the 1996-97 models with a stabilizer bar, remove the 2 set bolts retaining the bar bushing bracket.
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Fig. Fig. 13: On the 1996-97 models remove the stabilizer bar brackets

  1. Remove the front sub frame (engine center support) and lower suspension arm. On 1988-95 models there are 8 bolts retaining the sub frame, on 1996-97 models there are 14 bolts and 3 nuts. Refer to the appropriate illustration.
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Fig. Fig. 14: View of the engine center support bolt locations-1988-95 2WD models



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Fig. Fig. 15: View of the sub-frame and lower suspension arm bolt locations-1996-97 models

  1. Remove the starter.
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  3. On the 4A-FE engines, remove stiffener plate if so equipped.
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  5. Raise the transaxle and engine slightly with a jack. Remove the engine left mounting set bolts from the front side.
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  7. Remove the transaxle mounting bolts from the engine front side. Remove the transaxle mounting bolts from the engine rear side. Lower the engine left side and remove the transaxle from the engine.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of removal procedure. Please note the following:

    Align the input shaft with the clutch disc and install the transaxle to the engine and torque the engine-to-transaxle bolts on 1988-95 models to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm) for 12mm bolts and 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm) for 10mm bolts. On 1996-97 models tighten the 7A-FE lower side mounting bolts (A) to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm) and (B) to 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm). On the 1996-97 4A-FE engine tighten the transaxle lower side bolts to 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm) and the stiffener plate bolts to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
     
    Tighten the left engine mounting bracket insulator to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
     

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  11. Tighten the engine center support member on 1988-95 models to; small bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm) and larger bolts to 152 ft. lbs. (206 Nm). On the 1996-97 models; bolt (A) to 129 ft. lbs. (175 Nm), (B) to 109 ft. lbs. (147 Nm), (C) to 167 ft. lbs. (225 Nm), (D) to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm), (E) to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm) and (F) to 42 ft. lbs. (57 Nm).0

    Tighten engine rear mounting torque bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm). Install the engine front mounting and tighten the bolts 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
     
    Tighten the engine left mounting set bolt to rear side to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
     

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Fig. Fig. 16: Tighten the 4A-FE stiffener plate bolts in this order

  1. Fill the transaxle with the correct amount and type of fluid. Refer to General Information & Maintenance . Connect the negative battery cable. Check front wheel alignment.
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  3. Road test the vehicle and check for abnormal noise and smooth shifting.
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4WD Models

See Figures 17 and 18

  1. Remove the engine and transaxle as an assembly.
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  3. Remove the rear end plate.
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Fig. Fig. 17: Exploded view of the 4WD manual transaxle

  1. Disconnect the vacuum lines and then remove the transfer case vacuum actuator.
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  3. Remove the right and center transfer case stiffener plate.
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  5. Pull the transaxle out slowly until there is approximately 2.36-3.15 in. (60-80mm) clearance between the transaxle and the engine.
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Fig. Fig. 18: All-trace transaxle removal

  1. Turn the output shaft in a clockwise direction and then remove the transaxle.
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To install:
  1. Install the transaxle assembly to the engine and tighten the 10mm bolts to 34 ft. lbs. (46 Nm). Tighten the 12mm bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
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  3. Tighten the 8mm stiffener plate bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (20 Nm) and the 10mm bolts to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
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  5. Tighten the rear end plate mounting bolts to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
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  7. Install the engine/transaxle assembly.
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  9. Road test the vehicle and check for abnormal noise and smooth shifting.
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