1. Disconnect negative battery cable, and then positive battery cable. Remove intake air hose and air cleaner housing assembly. Remove starter cables. Remove wire harness clamp from clamp bracket on starter. Remove transaxle ground cable and radiator hose clamp from transaxle hanger.
2. Disconnect lock-up control solenoid valve connector, and remove harness clamp from clamp bracket. Disconnect vehicle speed sensor, countershaft speed sensor and A/T gear position switch connectors.
3. Remove transaxle housing mounting bolts. Disconnect mainshaft speed sensor, shift control solenoid and linear solenoid connectors. Remove transaxle drain plug and drain fluid. Install drain plug with NEW washer. Tighten plug to specification. See appropriate table under TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.
4. Remove splash shield from bottom of engine. Remove cotter pins and castle nuts from lower ball joints. Separate ball joints from lower control arms. Remove right shock strut damper fork bolt and separate strut damper from fork.
CAUTION: When removing CV joint and drive axle assembly from transaxle, DO NOT pull on drive axle or knuckle. Inboard CV joint may separate. Pull on inboard joint housing.
5. Using 2 large screwdrivers, pry inboard CV joints from transaxle. Remove or support shafts aside. Protect inner CV joint spline from contamination by covering drive axle end with a plastic bag.
6. Disconnect front oxygen sensor harness connector. Remove header pipe. Remove shift control cable cover. Separate shift cable from control lever. DO NOT bend shift cable excessively.
7. Make reference marks across transfer assembly and drive shaft flanges. Separate drive shaft from transfer assembly. Remove intermediate shaft. Cover both ends of intermediate shaft with plastic bags. Coat all precision finished surfaces with clean engine oil.
8. Remove right front mount/bracket. Disconnect ATF cooler hoses at joint pipes. Support cooler hoses aside with wire to prevent ATF from flowing out. Plug pipes and hoses.
9. Remove rear stiffener and torque converter cover. Remove drive plate bolts. Using engine hoist or an appropriate engine support fixture, relieve weight of engine from mounts. Support transaxle using transaxle jack and raise slightly. Remove engine mount bolts.
10. Remove all transaxle mounting bolts. Pull transaxle away from engine until transaxle clears dowel pins. Lower transaxle assembly with torque converter from vehicle. Remove torque converter from transaxle. Remove starter from transaxle housing.