The only engines that require periodic adjustment of the valves are the 1.5L engine in the 1990-95 Mirage and the 1.8L in the 1993-95 Mirage.
- Warm the engine to operating temperature. Turn the engine OFF . Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove all spark plugs so engine can be easily turned by hand.
- Remove the valve cover.
- Turn the crankshaft clockwise until the notch on the pulley is aligned with the T mark on the timing belt lower cover. This brings both No. 1 and 4 cylinder pistons to Top Dead Center (TDC).
- Wiggle the rocker arms on No. 1 and 4 cylinders up and down to determine which cylinder is at TDC on the compression stroke. Both rocker arms should move if the piston in that cylinder is at TDC on the compression stroke.
- Measure the valve clearance with a feeler gauge. When the No. 1 piston is at TDC on the compression stroke, check No. 1 intake and exhaust; No. 2 intake and exhaust. Then turn the crankshaft clockwise 1 turn to bring No. 4 to TDC on its compression stroke. With No. 4 on TDC, compression stroke, check No. 2 exhaust and intake; and No. 4 intake and exhaust. Clearance is as follows:
1990-92 1.5L engine:
1993-95 1.5L engine:
- If the valve clearance is out of specification, loosen the rocker arm locknut and adjust the clearance using a feeler gauge while turning the adjusting screw. When at specification, tighten the locknut. Be sure to hold the screw securely in place when tightening the locknut to prevent it from turning when tightening the locknut. Tightening torque of the locknut is as follows:
- 1.5L engine: 9-11 ft. lbs. (12-15 Nm)
- 1.8L engine: 7 ft. lbs. (9 Nm)
- Recheck the clearance and readjust.
- After adjusting the valves, install the valve cover and spark plugs, and connect the negative battery cable.