REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
This procedure may performed with the engine in the car, however, access will be cramped.
- Remove the transaxle, following the procedures outlined in Drive Train .
For cars equipped with automatic transaxles:
- Matchmark the torque converter and the driveplate. Correct positioning will be required during reassembly.
- Remove the bolts holding the torque converter to the driveplate and remove the torque converter. DON'T drop it.
- Matchmark the driveplate and the crankshaft.
- Loosen the retaining bolts a little at a time in a criss-cross pattern. Support the driveplate as the last bolts are removed and then lift the driveplate away from the engine.
For manual transaxle cars:
- Matchmark the pressure plate assembly and the flywheel.
- Loosen the pressure plate retaining bolts a little at a time and in a criss-cross pattern. Support the pressure plate and clutch assembly as the last bolt is removed and lift them away from the flywheel.
- Matchmark the flywheel and crankshaft. Loosen the retaining bolts evenly in a criss-cross pattern. Support the flywheel during removal of the last bolts and remove the flywheel.
- Carefully inspect the teeth on the flywheel or driveplate for any signs of wearing or chipping. If anything beyond minimal contact wear is found, replace the unit.
Since the flywheel is driven by the starter gear, you would be wise to inspect the starter drive should any wear be found on the flywheel teeth. A worn starter can cause damage to the flywheel.To install:
- When reassembling, place the flywheel or driveplate in position on the crankshaft and make sure the matchmarks align. Install the retaining bolts finger-tight.
- Tighten the bolts using three passes of a diagonal pattern. Tighten the flywheel bolts (manual transmission) or the driveplate bolts (automatic transmission) to the figure found in the component torque specifications chart.
- Install either the clutch and pressure plate assembly or the torque converter. Refer to the appropriate procedures in this repair guide.
If the clutch appears worn or cracked in any way, replace it with a new disc, pressure plate and release bearing. The slight extra cost of the parts will prevent having to remove the transaxle again later.
- Reinstall the transaxle assembly.
RING GEAR REPLACEMENT
If the ring gear teeth on the driveplate or flywheel are damaged, the assembly must be replaced. The ring gear cannot be separated or reinstalled individually.
If a flywheel is replaced on a manual transmission car, the installation of a new clutch disc, pressure plate and release bearing is highly recommended.