Toyota Corolla 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Shift Cables

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1, 2 and 3

The shift control cables are precisely adjusted at the factory during assembly and cannot be accurately adjusted in the field. Should either of the cables become stretched and therefore out of adjustment, the individual cable must be replaced. Any attempt to adjust the shift cables can cause poor shifting and/or transaxle damage.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Checking shifter play



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Fig. Fig. 2: Clutch start switch adjustment



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Fig. Fig. 3: A common shifter and cable assembly

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the shift lever knob and the shifter boot.
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  5. Remove the front and rear center console halves.
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  7. Remove the center air ducts.
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  9. Remove the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) mounting nuts and remove the ECU (if so equipped) from under the dashboard.
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  11. Remove the cable hold-down bracket.
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  13. Remove the four shifter assembly mounting bolts.
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  15. Remove the shift cable retainer and end clips from the shifter assembly.
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  17. Remove the shifter control assembly.
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  19. Disconnect the cable retainers at the transaxle.
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  21. Remove the shift cables by pulling them from the outside of the firewall.
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To install:
  1. Install the new cables by going through the firewall from the outside.
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  3. Position the cables in their brackets at the transaxle and install the retaining clips.
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  5. Connect the cables to their transaxle mounts and install the clips.
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  7. Connect the cables to the shifter and install the clips at the shifter assembly.
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  9. Install the shifter assembly and its four bolts.
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  11. Install the cable hold-down brackets.
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  13. Reinstall the Electronic Control Unit ECU (if so equipped) and the center air duct.
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  15. Install the front and rear halves of the console.
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  17. Install the shift lever boot and knob. Connect the negative battery cable. roadtest the vehicle for proper shifter operation.
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