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    Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

    Automatic Transaxle Assembly

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    See Figures 1 through 6


    WARNING
    If the vehicle is going to be rolled on its wheels while the transaxle is out of the vehicle, obtain 2 outer CV-joints to install to the hubs. If the vehicle is rolled without the proper torque applied to the front wheel bearings, the bearings will no longer be usable.

    1. Disconnect both battery cables, negative side first.
    2.  
    3. On Sebring coupe/Avenger, remove the entire battery tray assembly.
    4.  
    5. If necessary, drain the coolant and remove the coolant return extension.
    6.  
    7. Remove the air cleaner/inlet duct assembly. Remove the upper bell housing bolts and water tube, where applicable.
    8.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Location of the transaxle solenoid assembly 8-way connector and retaining bolt

    1. Label and disengage all electrical connectors, cable linkages, hoses and mounting brackets required for removal of the transaxle assembly.
    2.  
    3. Remove the bolt securing the fluid dipstick tube to the transaxle. Remove the dipstick and tube from the transaxle.
    4.  
    5. Using engine support tool 7137 or C-4852, or equivalent, secure the engine assembly.
    6.  
    7. Remove the starter motor.
    8.  
    9. Drain the transaxle fluid into a suitable waste container.
    10.  
    11. Raise the vehicle and support it safely.
    12.  
    13. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
    14.  
    15. Remove the splash shields.
    16.  
    17. Disconnect the exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold.
    18.  
    19. Remove the halfshaft assemblies, as described earlier in this section. Position a drain pan under the transaxle where the shafts enter the differential or extension housing.
    20.  
    21. Unbolt the center bearing and remove the intermediate axle from the transaxle, if equipped.
    22.  
    23. Disconnect and tag the oil cooler lines at the transaxle.
    24.  
    25. If equipped with a distributorless Direct Ignition System (DIS), disconnect the harness connector and remove the crankshaft position sensor from the transaxle bell housing.
    26.  

    Only 4-cylinder engines are equipped with DIS; the 6-cylinder engines utilize a distributor.

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    Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the front engine mounts-Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze



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    Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the rear engine mounts-Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze



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    Fig. Fig. 4: Exploded view of the left side transaxle mounting components-Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze



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    Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the front and rear engine mounts (roll stoppers)-Sebring coupe and Avenger



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    Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of the left side transaxle mounting components-Sebring coupe and Avenger

    1. Remove the front and rear engine/transaxle mounts.
    2.  
    3. Remove the centermember.
    4.  
    5. Remove the torque converter inspection cover, then matchmark the torque converter to the flexplate.
    6.  
    7. Remove the bolts holding the flexplate to the torque converter with a box wrench. Rotate the crankshaft to bring the bolts into position for removal, one at a time.
    8.  
    9. Support the transaxle using a transaxle jack (at the side of the case, NOT at the pan).
    10.  
    11. Remove the lower bell housing bolts.
    12.  
    13. Remove the transaxle mount bolts.
    14.  

    The torque converter can become disengaged from the transaxle. Keep the front of the transaxle slightly raised during removal.

    1. Carefully pry the transaxle from the engine.
    2.  
    3. Slide the transaxle rearward until dowels disengage from the mating holes in the transaxle case.
    4.  
    5. Pull the transaxle completely away from the engine and remove it from the vehicle.
    6.  
    7. To prepare the vehicle for rolling, secure the engine with a suitable support or reinstall the front engine mount to the engine. Then, reinstall the ball joints to the steering knuckle and install the retaining bolt. Install the outer CV-joints to the hubs, then install the washers and tighten the axle nuts to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm). The vehicle may now be safely rolled.
    8.  

    To install:
    1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Please note the following important steps.
    2.  
    3. Tighten the transaxle-to-engine mounting bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Tighten the torque converter-to-flexplate bolts to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
    6.  
    7. On Sebring coupe and Avenger models, tighten the centermember front mounting bolts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) and rear bolts to 51-58 ft. lbs. (69-78 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Tighten the torque converter inspection cover mounting bolts to 108 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
    10.  
    11. On Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze models, tighten the engine mounts to the following specifications:

      Front mount-to-lower radiator support bolts-45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm)
       
      Rear mount-to-front suspension crossmember-45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm)
       
      Rear mount through-bolt-45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm)
       
      Left engine mount-to-frame rail-24 ft. lbs. (33 Nm)
       

    12.  

    1. On Sebring coupe and Avenger models, tighten the engine mounts (roll stoppers) to the following specifications:

      Lightly tighten the front engine roll stopper through-bolt. Once the full weight of the engine is on the mounts, tighten the bolt to 42 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
       
      Tighten the rear engine roll stopper through-bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
       
      Tighten the left transaxle mount fasteners to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
       
      Tighten the left transaxle mount through-bolt to 50 ft. lbs. (69 Nm).
       

    2.  

    1. Tighten the shifter lever retaining nut to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Check to make sure that all wiring harness plugs, cable linkages and hoses have been properly connected during installation.
    4.  
    5. Adjust the gear shift and throttle cables.
    6.  
    7. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
    8.  
    9. Refill the transaxle with the suitable type and amount of automatic transaxle fluid. For more information, refer to General Information & Maintenance of this repair guide.
    10.  
    11. Perform the transaxle quick-learn procedure, as outlined in the following adjustments.
    12.  
    13. Check the transaxle for proper operation. Make sure the car's back-up lights and speedometer are working properly.
    14.  

    ADJUSTMENTS



    Gear Shift Cable
    Cirrus, stratus, sebring convertible and breeze

    Normal operation of the Park/Neutral position switch provides a quick check to confirm proper linkage adjustment.

    Move the gear selector lever slowly forward until it clicks into the Park position. The starter should operate when the ignition switch is turned to the START position.

    After checking the Park position, move the selector slowly toward the Neutral position, until the lever drops into the N position. If the starter will also operate at this point, the gear shift linkage is properly adjusted. If the starter fails to operate in either position, linkage adjustment is necessary, as follows:

    1. Set the parking brake.
    2.  
    3. Remove the gear shift knob setscrew and knob.
    4.  
    5. Remove the gear shift selector bezel and lamp wiring.
    6.  
    7. Install the gear shift knob.
    8.  
    9. Place the gear shift lever in the Park position.
    10.  
    11. Loosen the cable adjuster nut at the shifter assembly.
    12.  
    13. Move the gear shift lever on the transaxle case to the Park position.
    14.  
    15. Verify that both the shift lever and transaxle are in the Park position.
    16.  
    17. Tighten the cable adjuster nut at the shifter assembly. The gear shift linkage should now be correctly adjusted.
    18.  
    19. Check adjustment as follows:
      1. Detent position for Neutral and Drive should be within the limits of the hand lever gate stops.
      2.  
      3. Key start must occur only when the shift lever is in the Park or Neutral position.
      4.  

    20.  

    sebring coupe and avenger

    See Figure 7

    Normal operation of the Park/Neutral position switch provides a quick check to confirm proper linkage adjustment.

    Move the gear selector lever slowly forward until it clicks into the Park position. The starter should operate.

    After checking the Park position, move the selector slowly toward the Neutral position, until the lever drops into the N position. If the starter will operate also at this point, the gear shift linkage is properly adjusted. If the starter fails to operated in either position, linkage adjustment is necessary, as follows:

    1. Park the vehicle on level ground and set the parking brake.
    2.  
    3. Place the gear shift lever in the Park ( P ) position and remove the key.
    4.  



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    Fig. Fig. 7: Gear shift cable adjustment-Sebring coupe and Avenger

    1. Loosen the cable adjustment screw at the transaxle operating lever.
    2.  
    3. Move the transaxle operating lever fully forward to the Park ( P ) position.
    4.  
    5. Release the parking brake, then rock the vehicle to assure that it is locked in Park. Reset the parking brake.
    6.  
    7. Tighten the cable adjustment screw to 70 inch lbs. (8 Nm). The gear shift cable should now be correctly adjusted.
    8.  

    Transaxle Quick-Learn Procedure

    Whenever the transaxle assembly, transaxle control module, solenoid pack, valve body or seals are replaced, the transaxle quick-learn procedure must be performed with the use of a DRB, or equivalent scan tool. To perform this procedure, the following conditions must all be met:



    Brakes applied
     
    Engine speed over 500 rpm
     
    Throttle angle (TPS) must be less than 3°
     
    Shift lever position must stay until commanded to shift into overdrive
     
    Shift lever position must remain in overdrive after the "Shift To Overdrive" command, until the scan tool indicates completion
     
    Oil temperature must be above 605°F (320°C) and below 2005°F (1105°C).
     

    1. Plug the scan tool into the data link connector, which is located under the instrument panel.
    2.  
    3. Go to the "Transmission" screen.
    4.  
    5. Then, go to the "Miscellaneous" screen.
    6.  
    7. Select the Quick-Learn Procedure. Follow the scan tool's instructions to correctly perform this procedure.
    8.  

     
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