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ATX R&R

new 7/07/04


Hereís the official procedure from www.alldatadiy.com. I personally havenít done it so I will let others fill in the holes.

 I keep forgetting, are SHO transmissions AX4S or AX4N? This is for an AX4N. AX4S has different instructions.

 

Removal

  1. Remove battery ground cable and positive battery cable.
  2. Remove battery and battery tray.
  3. Remove engine Air Cleaner (ACL) .
  4. Disconnect transaxle harness electrical connector and Transmission Range (TR) sensor electrical connector.

 

  1. Remove shift actuator cable fitting, one nut and disconnect transaxle shift cable from shift cable bracket and transaxle.
  2. Remove shifter lever and retaining nut.
  3. Disconnect fluid cooler lines from transaxle.

 

 

  1. Remove four upper transaxle-to-engine bolts. Remove one upper transaxle-to-engine stud (3.0L (2V) engine) or five upper transaxle-to-engine bolts (3.0L (4V) and 3.4L (4V) engines).
  2. Remove RH cowl assembly.
  3. Install Rotunda Engine Lifting Brackets 134-00243 (3.0L 4V) or Rotunda Engine Lifting Brackets 303-F055 (014-00797) (3.4L SHO) or equivalent.

 

 

 

  1. Install Rotunda Three Bar Engine Support 303-D063 (D88L-6000-A) or equivalent and suitably support engine assembly.
  2. Raise and suitably support vehicle on hoist.
  3. Place drain pan under transaxle.
  4. Loosen lower transaxle pan retaining bolt. Drain fluid from transaxle.
  5. When fluid is drained to level of transaxle pan flange, remove remaining transaxle pan bolts gradually allowing fluid to drain. Remove transaxle pan.
  6. When transaxle fluid has completely drained, reinstall transaxle pan.
  7. Remove front tire and wheel assemblies.
  8. Remove both halfshafts from vehicle.
  9. CAUTION: When servicing exhaust system or removing exhaust components, disconnect all Heated Oxygen Sensors (HO2S) at the wiring connectors to prevent damage to the heated oxygen sensors and wiring harness. CAUTION: When servicing the 3.0L (4V) engine, the heated oxygen sensors must be removed from the dual converter Y pipe or possible damage to the heated oxygen sensors may occurs Do not remove the harness connectors from the bracket. Disconnect four Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) electrical connectors.
  10. Remove three bolts, seven nuts and dual converter Y pipe assembly from vehicle.
  11. Disconnect two starter motor electrical connectors.
  12. Remove one bolt, one shad and starter motor from transaxle.
  13. Remove one bolt and transmission housing cover from transaxle (3.0L 2V engine only).
  14. Remove front sub-frame.
  15. Position Rotunda High Lift Transmission Jack 014-00942 or equivalent under transaxle and suitably support transaxle.
  16. Remove one lower engine-to-transaxle bolt (3.0L 2V engine) or four lower engine-to-transaxle bolts (3.0L 4V and 3.4L 4V engines).
  17. Remove four flywheel-to-torque converter nuts.

 

  1. Remove three bolts, two nuts and rear engine support from transaxle.
  2. Remove one bolt from RH engine mount brace.
  3. Slowly lower transaxle making sure no obstructions exist and remove transaxle from vehicle.

 

Installation

  1. NOTE: Apply Multi-Purpose Grease D0AZ-19584-AA meeting Ford specification ESB-M1C93-B or equivalent to the converter pilot hub before installation. Place transaxle on Rotunda High Lift Transmission Jack 014-00942 or equivalent with AX4N Transmission Jack Adapter 307-F007 (014-00461) and position under vehicle.
  2. Slowly raise transaxle. Make sure no obstructions exist and position transaxle in engine compartment behind engine. Align transaxle with engine block.
  3. Install one bolt into RH engine mount brace. Tighten bolt to 53-72 Nm (39-53 ft. lbs.) .

  1. Install rear engine support to transaxle and secure with three bolts and two nuts. Tighten bolts and nuts to 53-72 Nm (39-53 ft. lbs.) .
  2. Install four flywheel-to-torque converter nuts. Tighten nuts to 27-46 Nm (20-34 ft. lbs.) .
  3. Install one lower transaxle-to-engine bolt (3.0L 2V engine) or four lower engine-to-transaxle bolts (3.0L 4V and 3.4L 4V engines). Tighten bolt to 53-72 Nm (39-53 ft. lbs.) .

  1. Install front sub-frame.
  2. Remove Rotunda High Lift Transmission Jack 014-00942 or equivalent from under transaxle.
  3. Install transmission housing cover and secure with one bolt (3.0L 2V engine only). Tighten bolt to 9-12 Nm (80-106 inch lbs.) .
  4. Install starter motor to transaxle. Secure with one bolt and one stud. Tighten bolt and stud to 21-29 Nm (16-21 ft. lbs.) .
  5. Connect two starter motor electrical connectors.
  6. Install Y-pipe assembly into vehicle. Secure with three bolts, seven nuts. Tighten nuts and bolts to 34-46 Nm (26-34 ft. lbs.) . Install the Heated Oxygen Sensors (H02S) 3.0L (4V) only.
  7. Connect four oxygen sensor (H02S) electrical connectors.
  8. Install both halfshafts into vehicle.
  9. Install front tire and wheel assemblies.
  10. Lower vehicle.
  11. Remove Rotunda Three Bar Engine Support 303-D063 (D88L-6000-A) or equivalent from vehicle.
  12. Remove Rotunda Three Bar Engine Support 303-D063 (D88L-6000-A) or equivalent. Remove Rotunda Engine Lifting Brackets 134-00243 (3.0L 4V) or Rotunda Engine Lifting Brackets 303-F055 (014-00797) (3.4L SHO) or equivalents.
  13. Install RH cowl assembly.
  14. Install four upper transaxle-to-engine bolts and one upper transaxle-to-engine stud (3.0L (2V) engine) or five upper transaxle-to-engine bolts (3.0L 4V and 3.4L engines). Tighten bolts and stud to 53-72 Nm (40-53 ft. lbs.) .
  15. Connect fluid cooler lines from transaxle.
  16. Verify that transaxle range sensor is adjusted correctly.
  17. Install transaxle shift cable lever assembly. Tighten nut and washer to 12-15 Nm (9-11 ft. lbs.) .

 

  1. Install transaxle shift cable into shift cable bracket. Connect shift cable end to manual lever. Secure with shift actuator cable fitting and one nut. Adjust Shift Control Linkage. Tighten nut to 19-26 Nm (14-19 ft. lbs.) .
  2. Connect transaxle harness electrical connector and TR sensor electrical connector.
  3. Install Air Cleaner (ACL) .
  4. Install battery and battery tray.
  5. Connect battery ground cable and positive battery cable.
  6. Fill transaxle to proper level using Motorcraft MERCON(R) V Multi-Purpose Automatic Transmission Fluid meeting MERCON(R) V specification or equivalent.

 

Book time for R&R with transfer of parts is 8.6 hours.

 

 

 

Paul L Fisher


I know of at least two different ways of getting the tranny out that don't require bleading the AC. One requires supporting the engine with a specially designed cradle from the top, then disconnecting everything from the subframe allowing it to hang before swinging it down supported only from the sway bar mounts to expose the transmission. Unbolting the transmission and then using a rather tall specialized jack to lower the tranny completes the task as performed by the tranny shop I took it to the first time. This method requires a lift and about 6 or 7 hours I was told by the tranny shop.

The method I just used took me 4 hours (would have been less but I spend an extra  hour disconnecting the Supercharger drive system) and I used a floor jack with a lot of luck. I drop engine, tranny and subframe all together and separate them on the ground where I spare my knuckles the loss of flesh. Only snag is that if you are using a floor jack as opposed to a portable lift (lifts one side at a time using the bumper) it requires placing the jack on concrete blocks after the limit of it's height is reached at least 3 times and of course the removal of some bodywork to expose the bumper. I still don't break the AC lines loose as I leave the compressor hanging in the engine compartment. I was able to wrestle the tranny off the engine and subframe without the aid of a hoist, though that probably wasn't a wise move considering my recent medical history.

 

Carter Fuji

 

 


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