Tercel 1995-1996

Valve Lash (Clearance) Adjustment

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Fig. Adjusting shim chart (intake and exhaust)-all 5E-FE



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Fig. Common method of removing valve shims

5E-FE Engine




NOTE
Adjust the valve clearance when the engine is cold.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. On vehicles equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
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  3. Remove the cylinder head covers.
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  5. Turn the crankshaft pulley and align its groove with the timing mark 0 of the No. 1 timing cover.
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  7. Check that the timing marks on the camshaft sprockets are in alignment with the marks on the No. 4 timing cover. If not, turn the crankshaft 1 complete revolution (360° degrees).
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  9. Measure the clearance between the valve lifter and the camshaft. Record the measurements on the intake valves No. 1 and 2. Measure the exhaust valves at No. 1 and 3.
    1. The intake valve clearance cold is 0.006-0.010 in. (0.15-0.25mm).
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    3. The exhaust valve clearance cold is 0.012-0.016 in. (0.31-0.41mm).

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      Fig. Intake valves (1 and 2) and exhaust valves (1 and 3)-5E-FE engine

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  11. Turn the crankshaft pulley one revolution (360°) and align the groove with the timing mark 0 of the No.1 timing belt cover.
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  13. Measure the clearance between the valve lifter and the camshaft. Record the measurements on the intake valves No. 3 and 4. Measure the exhaust valves at No. 2 and 4.
    1. The intake valve clearance cold is 0.006-0.010 in. (0.15-0.25mm).
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    3. The exhaust valve clearance cold is 0.012-0.016 in. (0.31-0.41mm).

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      Fig. Intake valves (3 and 4) and exhaust valves (2 and 4)-5E-FE engine

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  15. To adjust the valve clearance:
    1. Remove the adjusting shim and turn the crankshaft to position the cam lobe of the camshaft on the valve to be adjusted upward.
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    3. Turn the valve lifter so that the notch is perpendicular to the camshaft and facing the spark plug side.
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    5. Using SST 09248-55040 (valve lifter press) or equivalent, hold the camshaft in place.
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    7. Using SST 09248-55040 (valve lifter press) or equivalent, press down the valve lifter and place SST 09248-05420 (valve lifter stopper) or equivalent between the camshaft and valve lifter.
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    9. Remove the SST 09248-44040 tool.
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    11. Using a small screwdriver and a magnetic finger, remove the adjusting shim.
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  17. Determine the replacement adjusting shim size by either using the chart or the following formula:

    Intake-N=T+A-0.008 in. (0.20mm)
     
    Exhaust-N=T+A-0.014 in. (0.36mm)
     
    T=Thickness of removed shim
     
    A=measured valve clearance
     
    N=Thickness of new shim
     

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  19. Install a new shim.
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  21. Recheck the valve clearance.
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  23. Install the cylinder head covers.
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  25. Connect the negative battery cable.
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