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Disconnect the battery cable and remove the battery. If so equipped, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as described in chassis electrical
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove the air intake hose, air cleaner case and battery base.
Disconnect the throttle cable from the throttle control lever.
Disconnect the transaxle ground cable and the speed sensor connectors.
Disconnect the starter cables and remove the starter.
Remove the rear mount bracket stay nut first. Remove the bolt, then remove the rear mount bracket stay.
Fig. 2: Remove the components secured to the transaxle
Remove the speed sensor, but leave its hoses connected.
Disconnect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve connectors.
Drain the transaxle fluid and reinstall the drain plug with a new washer.
Disconnect the transaxle cooler hoses from the joint pipes. Plug the hoses.
Remove the center beam.
Unplug the oxygen sensor connector.
Remove the exhaust header pipe and the splash shield.
Remove the cotter pins and lower arm ball joint nuts, then separate the ball joints from the lower arms using a ball joint tool.
Pry the right and left halfshafts out of the differential. Pull on the inboard CV-joints and remove the right and left halfshafts.
Remove the right damper pinch bolt, then separate the damper fork and damper.
Fig. 3: Ball joint and damper fork disassembly
Remove the bolts and nut, then remove the right radius rod.
Tie plastic bags over the halfshaft ends to protect the machined surfaces.
Remove the torque converter cover and control cable holder.
Remove the shift control cable by removing the cotter pin, control pin and control lever roller from the control lever.
Remove the plug, then remove the driveplate bolts one at a time while rotating the crankshaft pulley.
Remove the rear, engine side transaxle housing mounting bolts.
Fig. 4: Automatic transaxle mounts and retaining bolts
Remove the mounting bolts from the rear engine mount bracket.
Attach a hoist to the transaxle hoisting brackets; lift the engine slightly with a jack, just enough to take the weight off the mounts.
Fig. 5: Lower the transaxle onto a jack with a hoist
Place a suitable jack under the transaxle and raise the jack just enough to take weight off of the mounts.
Remove the transaxle housing mounting bolts and mount bracket nuts.
Pull the transaxle away from the engine until it clears the 14mm dowel pins, then lower it on the transaxle jack.
Make sure the two 14mm dowel pins are installed in the torque converter housing.
Raise the transaxle into position and install the transaxle housing mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
Install the transaxle-to-transaxle mount bracket and tighten the nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
Remove the transaxle jack.
Install the 2 engine side transaxle housing mounting bolts and tighten to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Install the rear engine mount bracket bolts and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
Attach the torque converter to the driveplate with 8 bolts. Tighten the bolts in 2 steps using a crisscross pattern to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
Install the shift control cable and control cable holder. Tighten the control cable holder bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
Install the torque converter cover and tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
Remove the hoist.
Install the radius rod. Tighten the mounting bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) and the nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
Install the damper fork. Tighten the damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
Install a new snapring on the end of each halfshaft.
Turn the right steering knuckle fully outward and slide the axle into the differential until the snapring engages the differential side gear. Repeat the procedure on the left side.
Install the damper fork bolts and ball joint nuts to the lower arms. Tighten the nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) while holding the damper fork bolt. Tighten the ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
Install the splash shield, the center beam and the exhaust header pipe. Tighten the center beam bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
Connect the oxygen sensor connector.
Install the speed sensor and tighten the bolt to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
Install the rear mount bracket stay. Tighten the mounting bolt first, to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) and then tighten the nut to 15 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
Install the starter. Connect the cables to the starter.
Connect the lock-up control solenoid valve and shift control solenoid valve connectors.
Connect the speed sensor connectors and the transaxle ground cable.
Connect the transaxle cooler hoses to the joint pipes.
Install the battery base, air cleaner case and air intake hose. Install the battery.
Install the wheels, then lower the vehicle.
If applicable, enable the SRS AIR BAG
Connect the battery cables at the battery.
Fill the transaxle with the proper type and quantity of fluid.
Start the engine, set the parking brake and shift the transaxle through all gears 3 times, pausing momentarily in each gear. Check for proper control cable adjustment.
Let the engine reach operating temperature with the transaxle in N or P, then turn the engine off and check the fluid level.