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Mar 29, 2008, 11:34 PM

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I am removing the Automatic trans from my 1998 Caravan, 3.3 engine. I have it almost all the way out, but something is stopping it. It just wont fall ! Is there something else that I need to remove to get it to fall?. It only needs to go about 1 inch to fall. HELP PLEASE

Double J
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Mar 30, 2008, 11:14 AM

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Did you remove the bolts attaching the torque converter to the flexplate (flywheel)?

Here are the instructions...

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

Fig. 1: In order for the transaxle to be removed from the vehicle, an engine support must be used

WARNING If the vehicle is going to be rolled on its own wheels while the transaxle is out of the vehicle, obtain two outer CV-joints to install to the hubs. If the vehicle is rolled without the proper torque applied to the front wheel bearings, the bearings will be destroyed.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with the 3.0L engine, drain the coolant.
  2. Use an engine support fixture to support the engine.
  3. Remove the air cleaner assembly if preventing access to the upper bell housing bolts.
  4. Disconnect the transaxle shift linkage at the manual valve lever.
  5. Squeeze the grommet clips to disconnect the cable at the transaxle bracket.
  6. Remove the transaxle oil dipstick tube.
  7. Disconnect and plug the transaxle fluid cooler lines.

Fig. 2: Disconnecting the shift cable from the manual valve lever

Fig. 3: After the cable is disconnected, remove it from the bracket

  1. Remove the input and output speed sensors.
  2. Remove the upper bell housing mounting bolts.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheels.
  4. Position a drain pan under the transaxle where the halfshafts enter the differential or extension housing. Remove the right and left halfshaft assemblies.
  5. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  6. Remove the torque converter dust shield (inspection cover), matchmark the torque converter to the flexplate and rotate the engine clockwise to remove the torque converter bolts.
  7. Detach the wiring harness connections to the transaxle range switch and the Park/Neutral position switch.
  8. Remove the front motor mount insulator and bracket.
  9. If equipped with Distributorless (DIS) ignition system, remove the crankshaft position sensor from the bell housing.

Fig. 4: To access the torque converter bolts, remove the torque converter dust shield

Fig. 5: Use the crankshaft damper nut to rotate the engine clockwise to access the torque converter bolts

  1. Remove the starter motor mounting bolts and set the starter motor aside. Do not allow the starter motor to hang suspended from the battery cable.
  2. Position a transmission jack under the transaxle.
  3. With the transaxle mount firmly in position, remove the left transaxle mount.
  4. Remove the lower bell housing bolts.
  5. Pull the transaxle completely away from the engine and carefully lower it from the vehicle.
  6. To prepare the vehicle for rolling, secure the engine with a suitable support or reinstall the front motor mount to the engine. Then, reinstall the ball joints to the steering knuckle and install the retaining bolt. Install the obtained outer CV-joints to the hubs, install the washers and tighten the axle nuts to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm). The vehicle may now be safely rolled.
Fig. 6: A transmission/transaxle jack should be used to remove the transaxle from the vehicle

Fig. 7: With the transaxle secured to the jack, remove the engine mounts

To install:
  1. Install the transaxle securely on the transmission jack. Rotate the converter so it will align with the positioning of the flexplate.

WARNING If the torque converter has been replaced, a torque converter clutch break-in procedure must be performed. This procedure will reset the transaxle control module break-in status. Failure to perform this procedure may cause transaxle shutter. To properly do this, a DRB or equivalent scan tool, is required to read or reset the break-in status.
  1. Apply a coating of high temperature grease to the torque converter pilot hub.
  2. Raise the transaxle into place and push it forward until the dowels engage and the bell housing is flush with the block.
  3. Install the lower transaxle bell housing bolts.
  4. Jack the transaxle up and install the left transaxle mount.
  5. Install the starter to the transaxle. Tighten the starter motor mounting bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  6. Remove the transaxle jack from under the vehicle.
  7. If equipped with D.I.S. ignition system, clean off the old spacer on the crankshaft position sensor and install a new spacer. Install the crankshaft position sensor to the transaxle bell housing and push down until contact is made with the drive plate. Tighten the sensor retaining bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  8. Install the front engine mount insulator and bracket.
  9. Reattach the wiring harness connectors to the Park/Neutral position switch and the transaxle range switch.
  10. Align the torque converter to the flexplate mounting bolt holes. Install the torque converter bolts and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm). Install the torque converter inspection cover.
  11. Install the right and left halfshaft assemblies. Install the ball joints to the steering knuckles. Tighten the axle nuts to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm) and install new cotter pins.
  12. Install the front wheels and lug nuts. Tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
  13. Lower the vehicle.
  14. Install the upper transaxle mounting bolts. Tighten the mounting bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
  15. Remove the engine support fixture.
  16. Install the input and output speed sensors.
  17. Reconnect the transaxle oil cooler lines.
  18. Install the transaxle oil dipstick tube.
  19. Attach the shift cable to the transaxle bracket.
  20. Reconnect the transaxle shift linkage to the manual valve lever.
  21. Install the air cleaner assembly. Fill the transaxle with the proper amount of clean, fresh MOPARĀ® ATF Plus 7176 automatic transmission fluid.
  22. If equipped with the 3.0L engine, refill the cooling system to the correct level with a 50/50 mix of clean, ethylene glycol antifreeze and water. Bleed the cooling system.
  23. Ensure all linkages, electrical connectors and fluid lines have been reattached.
  24. Reconnect the negative battery cable and check the transaxle for proper operation. Perform the transaxle quick learn and torque converter clutch break-in procedures.

(This post was edited by carjunky on Sep 17, 2016, 1:20 PM)

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Aug 25, 2016, 10:53 PM

Post #3 of 4 (4393 views)
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Any idea why I cannot see the figures/gifs you have posted?

Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 26, 2016, 12:04 AM

Post #4 of 4 (4387 views)
  post locked   Re: Dodge Caravan Trans removal  

Thread locked. This is from 2008 - please don't post on old threads. Any links, diagrams etc. can expire and did.

If you have a question make a new thread with specifics on your vehicle please,


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