Subaru Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1985-1996 Repair Guide

Adjustments

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SHIFT LINKAGE



Except Justy ECVT

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Manual lever in neutral position



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Fig. Fig. 2: Adjusting the shift linkage

The linkage adjustment is important for the automatic transaxle. Great care should be exercised because improper adjustment will result in damage to the transaxle.

To determine if adjustment is necessary, check the shifting operation with the engine off and the parking brake applied. While holding in the release button with your thumb, move the selector lever forward until you can feel that the transaxle is in PARK. Then move the lever back and feel for the five remaining positions. If the gear selector indicator points to the proper gear at each stop, and if the selector lever does not jump when the release button is let go, the shift linkage is properly adjusted. If this is not the case adjustment is necessary.

  1. Place the gear selector in N position.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the adjusting nuts on the linkage rod.
  4.  
  5. Check that the manual lever on the transaxle is in the N detent position. The manual lever is in the neutral position when the selector arm is between the cast bosses of the transaxle case.
  6.  
  7. Set the gear selector lever so that it clicks in the neutral position.
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  9. Adjust the fitting length of the rod by turning nut A until it comes into contact with the connector while pushing the rod lightly with one finger.
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  11. Tighten the nut B with nut A kept stationary with wrench.
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  13. Engage the electrical connector to the neutral safety switch.
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  15. After adjustment, check the selector operation through all gear ranges.
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  17. Check operation of the back-up lights when the selector is place in R .
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  19. Check that the engine does not start in any other position except P and N .
  20.  

Justy ECVT

See Figure 3

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Fig. Fig. 3: Shift linkage adjustment-shifter side

ADJUSTMENT AT SHIFTER SIDE
  1. Set the gear selector lever so that it clicks in the neutral position.
  2.  
  3. Push cable and nut A to the lever end and adjust the inner cable with nut B .
  4.  

Do not move nut C.

  1. After adjustment, check the selector operation through all gear ranges.
  2.  
  3. Check operation of the back-up lights when the selector is place in R .
  4.  
  5. Check that the engine does not start in any other position except P and N .
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ADJUSTMENT AT TRANSAXLE SIDE

See Figure 4

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Fig. Fig. 4: Shift linkage adjustment-transaxle side

  1. Set the gear selector lever so that it clicks in the neutral position.
  2.  
  3. Measure the distance between the turn buckle and cable end link at the transaxle. It should be is less than 0.51 in. (13mm).
  4.  
  5. Adjust the cable by turning the turn buckle on the cable link.
  6.  
  7. If necessary, loosen the cable end at the transaxle side to increase or decrease the length of the inner cable.
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  9. After adjustment, check the selector operation through all gear ranges.
  10.  
  11. Check operation of the back-up lights when the selector is place in R .
  12.  
  13. Check that the engine does not start in any other position except P and N .
  14.  

BRAKE BAND ADJUSTMENT



Except Justy ECVT

See Figure 5

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Fig. Fig. 5: Adjusting the brake band

This adjustment can be performed on the outside of the transaxle.

  1. Park the car on a level surface or support it on jackstands, engine off.
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  3. Locate the adjusting screw above the pan on the left side of the transaxle.
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  5. Loosen the locknut.
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  7. On 1985 and later models, tighten the adjusting screw to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm), then turn it back exactly 3 / 4 turn.
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  9. Tighten the lock nut.
  10.  

Following the above procedure will adjust the transaxle brake band to the factory specified setting. However, if any of the following conditions are detected the adjusting screw can be moved 1 / 4 turn in either direction:

Turn 1 / 4 turn clockwise if the transaxle:



Jolts when shifting from 1st to 2nd
 
Engine speed abruptly rises from 2nd to 3rd, or,
 
Shift delays in kickdown from 3rd to 2nd.
 

Turn 1 / 4 turn counterclockwise if:



Car slips from 1st to 2nd, or
 
There is braking action at shift from 2nd to 3rd.
 

THROTTLE LINKAGE



The control valve assembly of the automatic transaxle is governed by intake manifold vacuum rather than throttle position, therefore, there is no linkage which requires adjustment.

KICKDOWN SOLENOID



The kickdown solenoid is located on the right side of the transaxle case. The switch is operated by the upper part of the accelerator lever inside the car, and its position can be varied to give slower or quicker kickdown response. To test its function press the accelerator to the floor with the engine off and the ignition switch on. An audible click should be heard from the solenoid.

 
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