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How do you remove the transaxle support bracket on a 1994 Olds Achieva?


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2007-12-12 20:19:27
2007-12-12 20:19:27

take driver side wheel off make sure you support the vehicle and have a jack to lower sub frame down a little. remove 2 of 4 18mm bolts that hold the sub frame on that side and lower down. but first remove the 3 15mm bolt out of the side the transmission and there is a17mm bolt with a 15mm nut for the center of the mount then side out the front.


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Disconnect the negative battery cable. Properly drain the transaxle. Remove the air intake duct. Disconnect the TV cable. Remove the shift cable and bracket. Tag and detach all necessary vacuum lines and electrical connections. Remove the power steering pump and set aside. Remove the transaxle filler tube. Install engine support fixture J 28467-A or equivalent. Remove the top engine-to-transaxle bolts. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove both front tire and wheel assemblies. Remove the left splash shield. Remove both front ABS wheel speed sensors and the harness from the left suspension support. remove both lower ball joints. Disconnect the stabilizer shaft links. Remove the front air deflector. Remove the left suspension support and both drive axles. Disconnect the engine-to-transaxle brace, then remove the transaxle converter cover. Remove the starter Unfasten the flywheel-to-torque converter bolts. Disconnect the transaxle cooler pipes. Detach the ground wires from the engine-to-transaxle bolt. Remove the cooler pipe brace and the exhaust brace. Remove the bolts from the engine and transaxle mount. Support the transaxle with a suitable jack. Unfasten the transaxle mount-to-body bolts. Remove the heater core hose pipe brace-to-transaxle nut and bolt. Unfasten the remaining engine-to-transaxle bolts, then remove the transaxle assembly from the vehicle.

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Support the transaxle and unbolt it. You may have to remove some things to get clear access to it.

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1. Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove battery and battery tray 2. Remove the air intake duct and the air cleaner housing 3. Disconnect the transaxle ground cable and the transaxle range sensor 4. Disconnect the transaxle harness connector from the side of transaxle 5. Drain the transaxle fluid then disconnect the transaxle cooling lines 6. Remove the upper transaxle-to-engine mounting bolt 7. Raise the car and support it on jack stands. Secure the engine with a engine support brace or with an engine lift and chain. 8. Remove the transaxle mount bracket 9. Remove the front wheels 10. Remove the bolts from the center member and the transaxle roll stopper 11. Disconnect the lower control arms from the steering knuckle and remove drive axles 12. Remove the transaxle stay followed by the bell housing access cover 13. Remove the torque converter bolts. A screwdriver wedged in the ring gear teeth will keep the torque converter from rotating. Rotate the engine for access to all bolts 14. Support transaxle with transmission Jack to lower transaxle from car 15. Make final check everything is disconnected 16. Remove the mounting and retaining bolts and lower transaxle from the car

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1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the battery and tray.2. Remove the air cleaner hose and resonance chamber.3. Disconnect the speedometer cable.4. Disconnect the clutch line from the clutch hose and plug the ends.5. Support the engine with an approved Ford model from above.6. Remove the 3 nuts that support the transaxle upper mount.7. Remove the 2 upper bolts that hold the transaxle to the engine.8. Remove the front wheels.9. Remove the splash shields from the front fender wheel wells10. Drain the transaxle.11. Unbolt the plenum suppport bracket and remove it.12. Remove the starter.13. Detach the shift control rod and extension bar.14. Remove both splash shields from under the engine.15. Remove the 2 nuts that secure the transaxle mount to the crossmember.16. Remove the cross member.17. Remove the front transaxle mount and the tubing bracket.18. Support the transaxle with an approved transmission jack.19. Remove the 5 lower bolts that hold the transaxle to the engine.20. Make a final inspection that all hoses and wires have been disconnected.21. Carefully pull the transaxle and jack away from the engine.

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I guess it depends on which engine you have. I have the 3.0 liter V6 with th 3 speed automatic and it wasn't too much trouble. The main pain in the butt was that you have to remove the Engine to Transaxle support bracket in rear of the engine and the Motor mount/Support bracket in the front, so you can get to all the oil pan bolts. Other than that, it's piece of cake. Disconnect the Battery Drain the oil Remove the Starter bolts and starter Remove the rear engine to transaxle bracket Support the engine by placing a jack under the transaxle housing Remove the front motor mount/support bracket This should give you room to remove all the oil pan bolts. Of course, clean all the old gasket material off. I used a one piece cork gasket and I cant say I recomend it. I'd spend the extra few bucks for the rubber one if I had it to do over again. Remember not to over torque the oil pan bolts when you put it back on as it will deform the pan if you go too tight.

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