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How to reinstall shift shaft into the transaxel

How to reinstall shift shaft into the transaxle

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  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Jul 21, 2010

    The bracket that goes to the shaft or the shaft coming out of the case?

  • aajac Jul 21, 2010

    when removing the shift arm off of the shifter shaft going into the transfer case I removed the e-clip off the kickdown shaft (wrong thing to do) it allowed the shifter outter shaft to come up and now i can not get it to go back down so i can reinstall the e-clip



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Well it is going to be some work. From what you described you have a 3 speed transmission. You will need to remove the bottom pan and unbolt the valve body. The shifter shaft has come out of the detent on the valve body and the check ball for the detent has come out. Once you remove the valve body you can put it back together. If you need more help let me know. I have taken a few valve bodies off the 31TH/A413 transmission and i rebuilt a few too.

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How do you replace a neutral safety switch on a saturn sl1 2001

It 's a Transmission Range Switch , it tells the pcm more then just park or neutral positions !

Transmission Range Switch Replacement
Ensure the ignition is OFF.
Remove the air cleaner and duct assembly. Refer to Air Cleaner Housing and Duct Assembly Replacement in HVAC.

Disconnect the transaxle range switch harness connectors.
Place the control lever in the full clockwise position.
Notice: If manual shift shaft is rotated excessively, internal damage to the transaxle range switch may occur.
Prevent the manual shift shaft from rotating by holding the control lever while removing the retaining nut from the manual shift shaft. Remove the control lever.
Remove the 2 switch-to-transaxle case bolts and remove the switch.

Install the cable to the control lever and adjust the cable. Refer to Shift Control Cable Adjustment .
Before tightening the transaxle range switch-to-case bolts, proceed to the Adjustment procedure.
Adjustment Procedure
Important: While adjusting the transaxle range switch, always rotate the switch towards the engine to achieve continuity. A diagnostic trouble code DTC P0706 could result if this procedure is not followed.
Important: Digital volt/ohm meter (DVOM) with audible continuity test is preferred. Do not stick the probe in the transaxle range switch terminal hole; use male terminals on the transaxle range switch or faulty readings could occur.
Place the transaxle in Drive (D). Use an ohmmeter or continuity tester to check for continuity across terminals on the selector switch. Rotate the transaxle range switch from the left fender towards the engine until continuity is achieved.
Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in the Preface section.
Tighten the switch-to-case bolts. After switch-to-case bolts have been tightened, check continuity.
Tighten the transaxle range switch-to-case bolts to 14 N·m (10 lb ft).
Connect the transaxle range switch harness connectors.
Install the air cleaner and duct assembly. Refer to Air Cleaner Housing and Duct Assembly Replacement in HVAC.
Using a scan tool, ensure each gear position reads correctly while manually moving through all gears.

Dec 15, 2016 | 2001 Saturn SL


Fixing shift linkage problem in a 31TH automatic transaxle

After an engine swap, I found that the automatic transmission on my 1995 Dodge Neon wasn't working. The only thing that had been done to the transaxle was to change the filter, so it was a mystery as to why it had been working before the swap and not after.
The symptoms were as follows: 1) No drive in any gear. 2) When the engine was revved with the transaxle out of park, it would go into drive no matter what position the shift lever was moved to. It would go into neutral if the shift lever was moved to either the 1 or 2 (first or second gear) position. 3) The throttle cable could not be adjusted correctly.

Diagnosis proved to be very difficult, as nothing significant had been done to the transaxle. I found a clue posted by motor1258 here on fixya that led me in the right direction, however.

Swapping the engine involves pulling both engine and transaxle as one unit. Part of the process is to disconnect the shift and throttle cable connections. Normally the cables are simply popped off and replaced during reassembly, but in my case the brackets were corroded and replaced from the donor car.

The two brackets are mounted on a dual shaft; the shift lever is clamped to the outer shaft and the throttle cable to the inner shaft (which rises higher than the outer shaft). At the top of the outer shaft is a circlip that goes onto the throttle shaft. Somewhere along the line that clip was removed and replaced incorrectly.

Should you have to take those brackets off and are tempted to remove the circlip, DO NOT DO THIS! What happens is that internally the outer (shifting) shaft connects to the valve body's shift mechanism and removing the clip allows it to slip out of place. The same occurs for the throttle shaft. If that happens, fortunately the fix isn't too complicated.

The fix: 1) First, remove the throttle cable clamp to access the circlip. 2) Take the clip back off (you can't make it any worse at this point if it's already been removed). 3) Drain the transmission fluid by loosening the oil pan bolts and letting the fluid drain into a large container. 4) Finish removing the oil pan bolts and the oil pan. 5) Remove the two Torx screws holding the oil filter and remove the filter. (Note: This step is done primarily for clearance, but it can be done without removing the filter. However, after all the work of draining the transmission, it would be foolish not to go ahead and replace the filter.) 6) Reach above the transmission and move the shift lever. Looking between the valve body and the transmission case on the right (passenger) side, you'll see the lever moving. The valve body has a manual valve that is operated by the shift lever. It has a shaft with two discs on the end; the shift lever mechanism should be in between those two discs. With the clip off, you should be able to pull the lever down far enough to slip it under the manual valve and into position. 7) Check the throttle cable connection as well; it should be on the inside of the fixed shaft such that it can rotate to press on the kickdown valve. If it isn't, push up on the lever until it can ride over the end of the fixed shaft and rotate it into position. 8) Once both levers are in place, put the washer and circlip onto the throttle shaft. Replace the throttle clamp and reinstall any cables that were disconnected. 9) With the help of an assistant in the car, check the operation of both levers inside the transmission. 10) Once they're correct, replace the transmission filter with a new one using the two Torx screws removed earlier. 11) Clean both the transmission case and the oil pan of any remaining gasket material, taking special care not to scratch or score the aluminum case. 12) If appropriate for the gasket, apply a bead of sealant to both sides before reinstalling it and the oil pan. 13) Refill the transmission with fluid and check the operation of the transmission.

on Jun 03, 2010 | Dodge Neon Cars & Trucks

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Show me how to repair a cv joint Saturn vue 2006?

Transaxle Removal & Installation

Fig. Disconnect the shift control cable (3) from the range select lever (4)
  • Remove the upper transaxle to engine bolts (1, 3, 5, 6) and stud (2).

    Fig. Remove the upper transaxle to engine bolts (1, 3, 5, 6) and stud (2)
  • Safely support the engine.
  • Remove the transaxle mount to transaxle bolts.

    Fig. Remove the transaxle mount to transaxle bolts
  • Remove the transaxle mount to frame rail bolts.
  • Remove the mount from the engine.

    Fig. Remove the transaxle mount to frame rail bolts
  • Remove the left transaxle mount
  • Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  • Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
  • Remove the splash shield.
  • Remove the bolts (2, 3) from the transaxle brace.
  • Remove the transaxle brace (1).

    Fig. Remove the bolts (2, 3) from the transaxle brace
  • Remove the starter.
  • Mark the relationship of the flywheel to the torque converter for reassembly.
  • Use the J 43653, Flywheel Holding Tool, to prevent the crankshaft from rotating.
  • Remove the torque converter to flywheel bolts.
  • Remove the nut holding the transaxle cooler line retainer to the transaxle.
  • Disconnect the transaxle cooler lines from the transaxle.
  • Disconnect the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) wiring harness from the sensor.
  • Remove the steering gear intermediate shaft pinch bolt.
  • Disconnect the tie rods from the steering knuckle.
  • Disconnect the stabilizer shaft links from the stabilizer shaft.
  • Disconnect the ball joints from the steering knuckles.
  • Remove the frame.
  • Disconnect the wheel drive shafts from the transaxle.
  • Support the transaxle with a suitable jack.
  • Remove the lower transaxle to engine bolts (5, 6, 7, 8).

    Fig. Remove the lower transaxle to engine bolts (5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Separate the engine and the transaxle.
  • Remove the transaxle from the vehicle.
  • Flush the transaxle cooler and the lines with J 35944-A, Transaxle Oil Cooler Flusher.
  • Remove the following only if replacing the transaxle.
    1. Remove the shift cable bracket bolt (3), nut (1), and bracket (2).
    2. Remove the PNP switch.
    3. Remove the transaxle mounts.

      Fig. Remove the shift cable bracket bolt (3), nut (1), and bracket (2).
  • To install:
    1. Install the following if previously removed
      1. Install the shift cable bracket (2), bolt (3), and nut (1).
      2. Tighten the bolt (3) and nut (1) to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
    2. Install the PNP switch.
    3. Install the transaxle mounts.
    4. Position the transaxle in the vehicle.
    5. Install the lower transaxle to engine bolts. Tighten the bolts to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
    6. Install the wheel drive shafts to the transaxle.
    7. Install the frame.
    8. Lubricate the transaxle cooler pipes before inserting into seals.
    9. Connect the transaxle cooler pipes to the transaxle.
    10. Install the transaxle cooler pipes retainer nut. Tighten the nut to 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
    11. Use the J 43653, Flywheel Holding Tool, to prevent the crankshaft from rotating.
    12. Install the torque converter to flywheel bolts. Tighten the torque converter bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
    13. Install the starter.
    14. Install the frame.
    15. Install the steering gear intermediate shaft pinch bolt.
    16. Connect the ball joints to the steering knuckles.
    17. Connect the stabilizer shaft links to the stabilizer shaft.
    18. Connect the tie rods to the steering knuckle.
    19. Connect the wiring harness to the VSS.
    20. Install the transaxle brace.
    21. Install the transaxle brace bolts. Tighten the bolts to 39 ft. lbs. (53 Nm).
    22. Install the front splash shields.
    23. Install the front wheel and tire assemblies.
    24. Lower the vehicle.
    25. Install the left transaxle mount.
    26. Install the upper transaxle to engine bolts and stud. Tighten all of the bolts and stud to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
    27. Untie the radiator, air conditioning condenser, and fan module assembly.
    28. Remove the engine support fixture.
    29. Connect the transaxle wiring harness to the main transaxle electrical connector, and the PNP switch.
    30. Install the shift control cable to the shift control cable bracket. Ensure the cable retaining clip is fully seated.
    31. Connect the shift control cable to the range select lever.
    32. Connect the air duct hose to the intake plenum.
    33. Install the battery tray.
    34. Inspect the transaxle fluid level.
      It is recommended that Transmission Adaptive Pressure (TAP) information be reset. Resetting the TAP values using a scan tool will erase all learned values in all cells. As a result, the ECM, PCM or TCM will need to relearn TAP values. Transaxle performance may be affected as new TAP values are learned.
    35. Reset the TAP values

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    I have a '99 malibu and the back-up/reverse lights stay on all the time, any thoughts?

    Hi, it seems to me the only likely reason is a failed park/neutral switch. What I would do is pull the connector off and use an ohmmeter to check the continuity across the terminals where the pink and light green wires attach. If there is continuity in all gears, replace the switch.



    Fig. Transaxle Range (TR) (also known as the Park/Neutral Position) switch mounting-4T40E transaxle


    Fig. The shift linkage on the transaxle is fastened with one nut

    NOTE The Transaxle Range (TR) switch (also called the park/neutral position switch) also functions as the back-up switch.

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2. Remove the shift linkage.
    3. Detach the electrical connector from the switch.
    4. Unfasten the switch-to-transaxle screws/bolts, then remove the switch.

    To install:
    1. If installing the old switch, proceed as follows:
      1. Place the shift shaft/control lever in N .
      2. Align the flats of the shift shaft with the switch, then loosely install the mounting bolts.
      3. Insert a gauge pin in the service adjustment hole and rotate the switch until the pin drops to a depth of 9 / 64 in. (9mm).
      4. Tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm), then remove the gauge pin.

    2. If installing a new switch, proceed as follows:
      1. Place the shift shaft/control lever in N .
      2. Align the flats of the shift shaft to the flats in the switch, then install the switch assembly. Tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
      3. If the bolt holes do not align with the mounting boss on the transaxle, verify the transaxle is in the N position, do not rotate the switch.
      4. If the shift has been rotated and the pin broken, the switch can be adjusted by following the procedure in Step 5.

    3. Attach the electrical connector to the switch.
    4. Install the shift linkage.
    5. Connect the negative battery cable, then start the engine and check the switch operation.

    CAUTION After switch engagement, make sure the engine will only start in P or N.

    Aug 29, 2011 | 1999 Chevrolet Malibu

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    Tring to remove cv joint on 2001 intrepid but transaxel shaft seems stuck to cv joint cant dislodge.....does it have a lock or something.......whats the best way to remove

    use a large pry bar pry the inner tripod cv joint out of the transaxle differential have a retaining circlip that holds transaxle in place in the transaxle.besure to replace circlip and o ring seal on the transaxle stub shaft.torque strut assembly to steering knuckle attaching bolts.install the nuts to the attaching bolts and while holding bolt heads torque to 125 ft lbs and torque axle hub nut 125 ft lbs

    May 18, 2011 | 2001 Dodge Intrepid

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    Had a transmission line pulled off when being towed and need to replace it. Is there any thing I can see to help me?

    no, this is one of those situations where you either have the parts to splice it back together or you need to replace the whole line. . Its a dealer part unless you can remove it and go to a autoparts house and match it up.

    Aug 03, 2010 | 1995 Buick Riviera

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    DoI have to pull the engine to get the transaxel out of car?

    no not the axle shafts.
    if you want to remove the transmission you will but not the axle shafts.

    hope this helps
    thank you

    Jun 16, 2009 | 1994 Ford Taurus

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    What is the difference in a carrier pin and a park pin, and can I fix this without taking the transaxel out?

    They are two totally different pins with different jobs. The carrier pin holds the differential pinion gears sometime called the spider gears in place by pinning their shaft to the differential case. The park pin secures the park pawl to the transaxle case. Neither pin can be changed without removing the transaxle and disassembling it to get to the pins. They are both in the bottom end of the transaxle case on most automatic transaxles.

    Jun 08, 2009 | 1994 Ford Taurus

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    What are the metal tubes for above the transaxel filter? 1 is lose and need to know how to get it to stay up in the trans. Axod transaxel

    They are to transfer fluid to different parts of the transaxle. If it is loose it could cause an internal leak which could result in lower that normal oil pressure in the transaxle. Low oil pressure could cause transaxle failure because clutches would not apply with enough holding pressure. I would suggest replacing it with a new one or see if you can expand the loose end and press it back into it's bore.

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