Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Adjustments

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SHIFT LINKAGE



Inspection
  1. Set the parking brake lever and run the engine at idle speed, while depressing the brake pedal.
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  3. By moving the shift selector lever slowly forward and backward from the N position, make sure that the distance between the N and the points where the D clutch is engaged for the 2 and R positions are the same. The D clutch engaging point is just before the slight response is felt. The reverse gears will make a noise when the clutch engages. If the distances are not the same, adjustment is necessary.
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Adjustment - 2-Speed
  1. Remove the center console screws and it pull away to expose the shift control cable and turnbuckle.
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  3. Adjust the length of the control cable by turning the turnbuckle, located at the front bottom of the shift lever assembly.
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After adjustment, the cable and turnbuckle should twist toward the left (driver's) side of the vehicle when shifted toward the 2 position and toward the right side when shifted into the R position.

Adjustment - 3-Speed and 4-Speed

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Remove the shift console.
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  3. Shift into REVERSE and remove the lock-pin from the cable adjuster.
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  5. With the lock-pin removed, the hole in the adjuster, from which the lock-pin was removed, should be perfectly aligned with the corresponding hole in the shift cable.
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  7. If they are not perfectly aligned, turn the adjusting nuts as required.
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  9. Install the lock-pin.
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If there is any binding on the lock-pin as it is installed, there is some misalignment. Check and/or adjust as required.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of automatic transaxle shift lever control



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Fig. Fig. 2: Shifter assembly and lock pin



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Fig. Fig. 3: The cable must be perfectly aligned in the adjuster

THROTTLE CABLE ADJUSTMENT



Carbureted Models

See Figures 4 and 5

  1. Attach a weight of approximately 3 lbs. to the accelerator pedal. Raise the pedal, then release it, this will allow the weight to remove the normal free play from the throttle cable.
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  3. Secure the throttle control cable with clamps. Remove the air intake duct.
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  5. Lay the end of the throttle control cable over the the shock tower. Adjust the distance between the throttle cable end and the first locknut to 84mm on all models.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Throttle cable adjustment



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Fig. Fig. 5: Throttle cable adjustment

  1. Insert the end of the throttle control cable into the groove of the throttle control lever. Insert the throttle control cable in the bracket and secure it with the last locknut. Be sure the cable is not kinked or twisted.
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  3. Check the cable moves freely by depressing the accelerator. Start the engine and check the synchronization between the carburetor and the throttle control cable.
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  5. The throttle control lever should start to move as the engine speed is increased.
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  7. If the throttle control lever moves before the engine speed increases, turn the cable top locknut counterclockwise and tighten the bottom locknut.
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  9. If the throttle control lever moves after the engine speed increases, turn the cable top locknut clockwise and tighten the bottom locknut.
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