Originally Posted by GimpyAccord
Oh lord, you really need a Helms.
The plate attached to the crank is called the flex plate. You must remove a few bolts on the DRIVERS side of the flex plate (those 12mm you're talking about) to detach the TC (torque converter). You should've done this BEFORE you dropped the transmission!!!!!!!!!!!!! The TC + tranny are to be removed as one unit! Too late for that now though...
Ah yes, that makes more sense. I have a Chilton's, and I did look at it, but it didn't say boo about the proper way to remove a automatic (although it's got step by step instructions and lots of pictures for changing out a clutch).
So for future reference, before dropping the engine, remove the sheet metal clutch cover from under the engine/tranny, then remove all the flex plate bolts first, correct?
When I reinstall the TC to the tranny input shaft, is there any special alignment that needs to be observed? Or are the splines uniform, just like the middle of a clutch disc?
Thanks for the help . . .