AX4N & AX4S
Removal (Continental, Sable & Taurus)
Turn off air suspension switch (if equipped).
Switch is located in luggage compartment. Disconnect Air Flow Sensor (MAF) and Intake Air Temperature (AIT) sensor.
Remove air cleaner assembly.
Disconnect battery cables, and remove battery. Remove battery tray.
Unplug harness connectors from engine.
Remove main wiring harness retaining bolt.
Remove shift selector cable.
Disconnect oxygen sensors.
Remove ground strap and starter harness bracket. Remove upper bellhousing-to-engine bolts. Disconnect spark plug wires and position coil pack aside.
Remove intake manifold brace. Attach engine lifting bracket to left rear of cylinder head.
Lifting bracket should already be installed on right front of cylinder head.
Install engine support assembly across shock towers. Attach engine to support bar.
Raise engine to take pressure off engine mounts. Remove rear transaxle support nut.
Raise vehicle. Remove front wheels. Drain transmission fluid from transaxle.
Support exhaust system and remove front exhaust pipe, converter assembly and mounting bracket. Disconnect upper sway bar links at struts.
Disconnect tie rods from wheel knuckles.
Remove lower ball joint nuts and separate ball joints from steering knuckles.
Remove air deflector/splash shields.
Remove transaxle housing cover and remove torque converter bolts.
Remove power steering gear-to subframe retaining bolts, and tie gear assembly to rear of engine compartment.
Remove engine support insulator nuts.
Remove power steering line retainers and power steering filter.
Position sub-frame jack under vehicle, and support subframe.
Remove all subframe-to-engine mount bolts.
Remove remaining subframe-to-body bolts, and carefully lower subframe.
Separate steering gear from subframe. Remove retaing clips and disconnect cooling lines and hoses aside.
Remove exhaust bracket bolts as necessary. Position transaxle jack under vehicle, and support transaxle.
Carefully pry CV joints from transaxle.
Support axles with wire.
Disconnect remaining sensor connectors and hoses. Remove remaining transaxle-to-engine bolts. Separate transaxle from engine, and lower it out of vehicle.
To install transaxle, reverse removal procedure.
Install NEW circlip on axle shaft before installing shaft. Fill transaxle to correct level with ATF.
To center subframe in chassis, slightly tighten mount bolts.
Repeat procedure for right subframe assembly. After both sides are aligned, tighten subframe-to-body mount bolts.
Check and adjust axle shaft positioning.
Check front toe-in after installation and adjust as necessary.
Saturday, November 14th, 2009 AT 1:47 PM