This DIY service, repair and maintenance manual by Haynes, covers all 1989-1995 Dodge Spirit and Plymouth Acclaim passenger car models.
Note: this manual does not include Flexible Fuel model information.
Book Excerpt: 1989-1995 Dodge Spirit, Plymouth Acclaim Repair Manual
INTERMEDIATE SHAFT OIL SEAL | REPLACEMENT
(Refer to illustrations 8.3 and 8.7)
NOTE: The following procedure applies to the intermediate (accessory) shaft oil seal on all engines.
- Drain the engine oil (see Chapter 1).
- Remove the timing belt and intermediate shaft sprocket (see Section 6).
- Remove the oil seal housing (see illustration).
- Pry the old seal out of the housing with a screwdriver (wrap the tip of the screwdriver with tape). Make sure you don't scratch the seal bore.
- Thoroughly clean and inspect the seal bore and the seal journal on the intermediate shaft. Both must be clean and smooth. Remove small burrs with emery cloth or 400-grit sandpaper.
- If a groove has been worn in the seal journal (from contact with the seal lip), installing a new seal probably won't stop the leak. Such wear normally indicates the intermediate shaft or shaft bearing surfaces in the engine block are worn. It's probably time to overhaul the engine (see Chapter 2, Part C).
- Using a soft-face hammer, carefully tap the new seal into the housing (see illustration).
- Coat the lip of the seal with clean engine oil or moly-base grease and install the housing and seal on the front of the engine block. Make sure you don't damage the seal lip. Install the housing bolts and tighten them to the torque listed in this Chapter's Specifications.
- Install the intermediate shaft sprocket and the timing belt (see Section 6).
- Check the engine oil level and add oil. If necessary (see Ch. 1).
- Start the engine and check for oil leaks.
SHIFT CABLE | CHECK AND ADJUSTMENT
THROTTLE PRESSURE CABLE OR ROD | ADJUSTMENT
- Check the operation of the transaxle in each shift lever position (try to start the engine in each position - the starter should operate in the Park and Neutral positions only).
- Place the shift lever in Park.
- Working in the engine compartment, loosen the shift cable clamp bolt on the transaxle bracket.
- Pull the shift lever all the way to the front detent (Park position) by hand.
- Keep pressure on the shift lever and tighten the cable clamp bolt.
- Check the shift lever in the Neutral and Drive positions to make sure it's within the confines of the lever stops. The engine should start only when the lever is in the Park or Neutral position.
(Refer to illustration 4.3)
- The throttle pressure cable (four-cylinder models) or rod (V6 models) controls a valve in the transaxle which governs shift quality and speed. If shifting is harsh or erratic, the throttle pressure cable or rod should be adjusted.
- The adjustment must be made with the engine at a normal operating temperature.
- Loosen the cable mounting bracket lock screw and position the bracket so the alignment tabs are in contact with the transaxle casting. (see illustration). Tighten the lock screw to the torque listed in this Chapter's Specifications.
- Release the cross-lock on the cable assembly by pulling up on it. To ensure proper adjustment, the cable must be free to slide all the way toward the engine, against the stop, after the cross-lock is released.
Subject: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 Dodge Spirit, Plymouth Acclaim service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 1563921413 | ISBN-13: 9781563921414 | Haynes 30060