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CHRYSLER LE BARON ENGINE PROBLEM

1993 Chrysler Le Baron • 157,000 miles

I also have a 93 Chrysler Lebaron LE that just recently started having tranny problems. It is making a loud grinding type noise when taking off from a stop and it does not shift into third gear most of the time. I just dropped the fluid pan and changed the filter and cleaned the pan which was loaded with sludge and gunk. The small quarter size magnet in the pan was covered with fine metal shavings making it the size of a golf ball. I replaced the fluid and added a quart of Lucas Transmission additive and took the car for a lengthy test drive to get the additive circulated but seems like the problem is just as bad if not worse. I really like this car and want to get it back running and would like to know how difficult it is to change out the the transmission myself and also where I can find detailed info to do that. I have just bought the Chiltons Manual 20384 Front Wheel Drive Cars 6-Cyl 1988-95 Repair Manual. This manual however does not cover the removing and replacement of the transmission. Do you of a manual that shows this? Your answers would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Bob
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Robertmorrell
January 25, 2013.




It needs a trans, no doubt about that.

OTE: The transaxle and converter are removed as an assembly.

Disconnect battery cables.
Disconnect transaxle shift control and throttle cables from transaxle and position aside.
Remove upper and lower oil cooler hoses.
Support engine with suitable support fixture or engine lifting equipment.
Remove three upper bellhousing bolts.
Remove hub castle locks, nuts and cotter pins.
Raise and support vehicle, then remove front wheels.
Remove left splash shield.
Remove speedometer adapter, cable and pinion as an assembly.
Remove sway bar and both lower ball joint to steering knuckle bolts.
Pry lower ball joint from steering knuckle, and remove driveshaft from hub.
Remove both driveshafts, supporting both joints at housing.
Remove dust cover if equipped, mark position of driveplate on torque converter and remove torque converter retaining bolts.
Remove access plug in right splash shield to rotate engine.
Disconnect neutral/park safety switch wire, then remove engine mount bracket from front crossmember.
Remove front engine mount insulator through bolt and bellhousing bolts.
Support transaxle with a suitable jack.
Remove left engine mount and long through bolt.
Remove starter.
Remove lower bellhousing bolts.
Move transaxle away from engine and lower from vehicle. It may be necessary to pry transaxle away from vehicle between the extension housing and engine block for clearance.
Reverse procedure to install, noting the following: Torque transaxle-to-engine bolts to 70 lb-ft.
Torque starter attaching bolts to 40 lb-ft.
Torque flex plate-to-torque converter bolts to 55 lb-ft.
Torque bellhousing cover bolts to 105 lb-in.
Fill transaxle to specifications with suitable lubricant, then adjust shift and throttle cables.

Make sure you completely flush the trans cooler or you will ruin the replacement trans

Roy

ASEMaster6371
Jan 25, 2013.


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