> GUEST wrote:
> Hello..I have a nice condition 1994 Caravan which has a
> but the transmission is shot..I can get a rebuild kit for like
> get the transmission off and on the bench in my garage ok but is
rebuilding one of these things within the limits of the standard
mechanic or are special tools etc required?..I have a good variety
tools and can do stuff like alternators..starters..wheel
even changed out cylinder head gaskets..Thanks
ABOUT REBUILDING YOUR TRANSMISION
IS WRONG. I am sure they do not want to
mislead you, but they are
talking in general terms, that do not apply to this
Rebuilding the Caravan 3 speed is very easy.
The special tool
needed to remove the clutches is a flat head
screwdriver. A round retaining clip
needs to be pried out of its
channel, its very simple a child or woman can do
it. No need for
special snap ring pliers.
A Machine shop? What exactly is there
to machine? If the cultch steels
are worn than you replace, but only if needed.
Clutches need to be pressed in? On what transmission? My experience is
but never heard about pressing clutches, is it possible? Sure
but not on a
caravan 3 speed.
All the posters seem to eco a message of need, for specialty
this case it does not apply.
Six months ago I was in the same
position as you, looking for relevant
information to rebuild my 3 speed. I found
a cool website of some guy
that basically went through all the steps needed to
rebuild. Today I
was looking for the said web site to do more research. I did
find the web site but I did find this forum post and was compelled to
respond and get all the info right.
While pulling the trans do not separate the
steering knuckle from the
strut, if you do you will have to get alignment done.
Separate at the
top and at the ball joint. Remember to mark the tork converter
flywheel with paint. If not you will spend some time swearing to
under the car
If you want to rebuild everything than you need to get the
manual, if you just want to replace the clutches it may not be
necessary. It all depends on you.
1. unbolt the pump, 2 long studs with 3/8
threads will help get it
2 loosen the front band adjustment on the outside
of the trans case
(BE CAREFULL NOT TO LOSE THE H-CLIP ON THE BAND OR YOU WILL
FISH IT OUT OF THE TRANS)
3 Once band is lose you can take out clutch
can #1 and #2, pry out the
clip and examine the clutches.(if they seem ok it may
be the tork
converter that is gone) dip new clutches in ATF fluid and
4 reinstall the band with H-Clip, you have to tighten the band to
specific tork setting than back it of like a turn or 2 turns. Sorry
remember the proper tork number you need to look it up.
After you reinstall
and start driving you may feel the trans is
shifting wrong, if you set the
Throtel Position Swich correctly than
you need to ajust that band from outside
the trans case.
All this will make sence when you are looking at the parts I am
describing. For me rebuilding the transs is a lot easier than dicking
your drive way and pulling it out. Good luck, if you decide
to go through it,
you will be suprises how easy it is to do.