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1991-94 1.6L and 1991-96 2.0L Engines It is recommended that the engine and transaxle be removed as a unit. If necessary, they may be separated after removal. NOTE: The 1.6L (GA16DE) engine cannot be removed separately from the transaxle. Remove the engine and the transaxle as a unit. If equipped with 4WD, remove the engine, transaxle and transfer case together.

  1. Mark the hood hinge relationship and remove the hood.
  2. Release the fuel system pressure, disconnect the negative (-) battery cable and raise and support the vehicle safely.
  3. Drain the cooling system and the engine oil. CAUTION
    When draining engine coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted to ethylene glycol antifreeze and could drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or is several years old.
  4. Remove the air cleaner and disconnect the throttle cable.
  5. Disconnect or remove the following:
    1. Drive belts.
    2. Ignition wire from the coil to the distributor
    3. Ignition coil ground wire and the engine ground cable
    4. Block connector from the distributor
    5. Fusible links
    6. Engine harness connectors
    7. Fuel and fuel return hoses
    8. Upper and lower radiator hoses
    9. Heater inlet and outlet hoses
    10. Engine vacuum hoses
    11. Carbon canister hoses and the air pump air cleaner hose
    12. Any interfering engine accessories: power steering pump, air conditioning compressor or alternator
    13. Driveshaft from transfer unit for 4WD vehicles. NOTE: Make sure to matchmark the driveshaft flanges.
  6. Remove the air pump air cleaner.
  7. Remove the carbon canister.
  8. Remove the auxiliary fan, washer tank, grille and radiator (with fan assembly).
  9. Remove the clutch cylinder from the clutch housing for manual transaxles.
  10. Remove both buffer rods without altering the length of the rods. Disconnect the speedometer cable.
  11. Remove the spring pins from the transaxle gear selector rods.
  12. Install engine slingers to the block and connect a suitable lifting device to the slingers. Do not tension the lifting device at this point.
  13. Disconnect the exhaust pipe at both the manifold connection and the clamp holding the pipe to the engine.
  14. Remove the lower ball joints.
  15. Drain the transaxle gear oil.
  16. Disconnect the right and left side halfshafts from their side flanges and remove the bolt holding the radius link support. NOTE: When drawing out the halfshafts, it is necessary to loosen the strut head bolts.
  17. Lower the shifter and selector rods, and remove the bolts from the engine mount brackets. Remove the nuts holding the front and rear engine mounts to the frame.
  18. Disconnect the clutch and accelerator wires and remove the speedometer cable with its pinion from the transaxle.
  19. Lift the engine/transaxle assembly up and away from the vehicle. To install:
  20. Installation is the reverse of removal but please pay close attention to the following important steps.
  21. Lower the engine/transaxle assembly into the vehicle. When lowering the engine onto the frame, make sure to keep it as level as possible.
  22. Check the clearance between the frame and clutch housing and make sure the engine mount bolts are seated in the groove of the mounting bracket.
  23. After installing the engine mounts, adjust and install the buffer rods. The front should be 3.50-3.58 in. (89-91mm), and the rear 3.90-3.98 in. (99-101mm).
  24. Tighten the engine mount bolts first, then apply a load to the mounting insulators before tightening the buffer rod and sub-mounting bolts.
  25. Make all the necessary engine adjustments. Charge the air conditioning system. Road test the vehicle for proper operation.
1995-96 1.6L Engine Fig. 4: Height adjustment of the buffer rod - GA16DE engine
NOTE: The engine and transaxle are removed as one unit from the underside of the vehicle. CAUTION
Fuel injection systems remain under pressure after the engine has been turned OFF. Properly relieve fuel pressure before disconnecting any fuel lines. Failure to do so may result in fire or personal injury.
  1. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  2. Disconnect the negative and positive battery cables.
  3. Remove the battery and battery tray from the vehicle.
  4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  5. Remove both front wheels.
  6. Remove the engine under covers and remove the engine side covers.
  7. Drain the coolant from the radiator and the engine block. CAUTION
    When draining engine coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted to ethylene glycol antifreeze and could drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or is several years old.
  8. Drain the engine oil.
  9. Remove the air cleaner assembly and remove air duct.
  10. Note the locations and remove the vacuum hoses.
  11. Disconnect the heater hoses from the engine.
  12. If equipped, disconnect the A/T cooler hoses from the transaxle.
  13. Disconnect the fuel hoses from the engine.
  14. Note the locations and disconnect the harness and wiring connections.
  15. Disconnect the throttle cable and the cruise control cable.
  16. If equipped with automatic transaxle, disconnect the control cable.
  17. Remove the cooling fans, radiator, and the recovery tank.
  18. Remove the front driveshafts from the vehicle.
  19. Remove the front exhaust pipe.
  20. Disconnect the control rod and support rod from the transaxle.
  21. Remove the starter motor and intake manifold support brackets.
  22. Remove the engine drive belts.
  23. Remove the alternator and adjusting brackets.
  24. Remove the power steering pump and A/C compressor. It is not necessary to disconnect the lines.
  25. Remove the cylinder head front mounting bracket.
  26. Position a transmission jack under the transaxle and support the engine with engine slinger.
  27. Remove the center crossmember.
  28. On some models it may be necessary to remove the front stabilizer bar.
  29. Remove the engine mounting bolts from both sides of the engine.
  30. Slowly lower the jacking devices and remove the engine and transaxle from the vehicle. To install:
  31. Install the engine and transaxle assembly in the recerse order of removal but please note the following steps.
  32. For vehicles with manual transaxles, adjust the height of the mounting bracket (buffer rod). The distance between the two through bolts should be 2.126-2.205 in. (54-56mm).
  33. Tighten the control rod bolt to 10-13 ft. lbs. (14-18 Nm). Tighten the support rod bolt to 26-35 ft. lbs. (35-47 Nm).
  34. Start the engine and check for leaks. Make all the necessary adjustments.

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