See Figures 1 and 2
- Apply parking and service brakes securely.
- Place selector lever in R range.
- Set ignition key to the START position.
- Slowly move the selector lever upward until it clicks into the notch of the P range. If the starter motor operates when the lever clicks into place, then P position is correct.
- Next, slowly move the selector lever to N; if the starter operates in this gear, then N is also correct.
- Also check to see that the vehicle does not move and the lever does not stop in between gears. If all of the above checks out, the cable is correctly adjusted.
- Adjust the adjusting nuts where the cable is connected to the manual lever at the inhibitor switch to take up any slack in the control cable.
- Recheck operation of the selector lever and inhibitor switch.
- Place the shift lever in the N position.
- Open the hood. On top of the transaxle the control cable connects with a lever. In the lever is a hole which should index with a hole in the top of the transaxle case when the linkage is in the neutral position. If not, unlock and turn the adjusting nut on the linkage until alignment is achieved. Lock the adjusting nut.
- Check that the car will start only in the N and P positions.
- With the shift lever in the N position, remove the shift handle from the lever.
- Measure the distance between the threaded sleeve and the top of the shift lever. The distance should be 17.2-17.9mm. If not, turn the sleeve as necessary.
- Install the shift handle with the button on the driver's side.
- Open the hood.
- On top of the transaxle the control cable connects to a lever. Where the control cable connects to the lever there are two locknuts.
- To adjust the control cable, eliminate all the slack from the cable by tightening the two locknuts.
- After the adjustment, from inside the vehicle operate the shifter lever to make sure everything works smoothly.
- Cheek that the car will start only in the N and P positions.
- Drive the vehicle and make sure that all gears shift properly.
THROTTLE CONTROL CABLE
See Figures 3 and 4
This adjustment is critical to transmission operation. If the adjustment is not correct, shift points will be altered and damage will result to the transmission.
- Make sure the engine is at normal operating temperature, with the throttle in normal idling position.
- Loosen the lower cable bracket mounting bolt. Pull the small rubber cover located near the transaxle back toward the housing to expose the nipple. Now, move the cable bracket until the distance between the nipple and the outer end of the cover next to the bracket is 0.02-0.06 in. (0.5-1.5mm). Then, torque the bracket mounting bolt to 9-10.5 ft. lbs. (12-14 Nm).
- With the engine OFF , open the throttle all the way and hold it there. Then, pull the cable further upward to make sure it still has freedom of movement; that it has not bottomed out. If necessary, repeat the adjustment.
NEUTRAL SAFETY (INHIBITOR) SWITCH
The inhibitor switch is located on top of the transaxle case. This switch has the manual control lever attached to it and the selector cable attached to the lever. It is also a neutral safety switch that will prevent the vehicle from starting in any gear except P or N. The inhibitor switch also completes the reverse light circuit when backing up.1986-89 Excel
- Place the manual control lever in the NEUTRAL position.
- Loosen the two switch attaching bolts. The switch is located on the side of transmission.
- Turn the switch body until the flat end of the manual lever is centered over the square end of the switch body flange.
- While keeping the switch body flange and manual lever aligned torque the two attaching bolts to 7.5-8.5 ft. lbs.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Place the selector lever in the N position. Loosen the manual control lever flange nut to free up the cable and the lever.
- Place the manual control lever in the N position.
- Turn the inhibitor switch body until the 0.47 in. (12mm) wide end of the manual control lever aligns with the switch body flange. Tighten the mounting bolts to 7-9 ft. lbs. (10-12 Nm) torque.
.When setting up the switch body, be careful not to drop the O-ring from the switch body. Tighten the switch body carefully.