Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Manual Transaxle

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



All manual transaxles use API GL-4 or GL-5 (oil grade), 75W-90 or 80W-90 (viscosity) gear oil.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figure 1

The oil in the manual transaxle should be checked at least every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) and replaced every 25,000-30,000 miles (40,200-48,200 km) if necessary.

  1. With the car parked on a level surface, remove the filler plug from the side of the transaxle housing.
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  3. If the lubricant begins to trickle out of the hole, there is enough. Otherwise, carefully insert your finger (watch out for sharp threads) and check to see if the oil is up to the edge of the hole.
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  5. If not, add oil through the hole until the level is at the edge of the hole. Most gear lubricants come in a plastic squeeze bottle with a nozzle, making additions simple. You can also use a common everyday kitchen baster.
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  7. Install the filler plug.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Checking the oil level on manual transaxles

DRAIN AND REFILL



See Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

All Wagons Including 4WD Models and 1984-1986 Sedans
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle as necessary. The oil must be hot before it is drained. If the car is driven until the engine is at normal operating temperature, the oil should be hot enough.
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  3. Remove the filler plugs to provide a vent. 4WD models have three plugs, 2WD models have two plugs.
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  5. Remove the three drain plugs on the bottom of the transaxle. Place large container underneath the transmission to catch the fluid.
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  7. Allow the oil to drain completely. Clean off the drain plugs, then install them. Tighten the front two plugs until just snug, leave the extension housing drain plug loose about 8 turns.
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  9. Fill the transaxle with the appropriate gear oil. This usually comes in a plastic squeeze bulb or use a kitchen baster to squirt the oil in. On 4WD models, always fill from the transfer adaptor filler plug. Refer to the Capacities Chart for the proper amount of oil to put in.
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  11. The oil level should come up to the top of the filler hole.
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  13. Install the filler plugs, then tighten the extension housing plug, drive the car for a few minutes, stop, and check for any leaks.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove all the filler plugs to provide a vent, front differential plug shown



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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the transaxle fill plug



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Fig. Fig. 4: All three drain plugs should be removed as well-front differential shown



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Fig. Fig. 5: Removing the transaxle drain plug



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Fig. Fig. 6: Removing the extension housing drain plug



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Fig. Fig. 7: On 4WD models, always fill from the transfer adapter fill plug

1987-1994 Sedans
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle as necessary. The oil must be hot before it is drained. If the car is driven until the engine is at normal operating temperature, the oil should be hot enough.
  2.  
  3. Remove the filler plug to provide a vent.
  4.  
  5. The drain plug is on the bottom of the transaxle. Place a large container underneath the transmission and remove the plug.
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  7. Allow the oil to drain completely. Clean off the plug, then install it. Tighten it until it is just snug.
  8.  
  9. Fill the transaxle with the appropriate gear oil. This usually comes in a plastic squeeze bulb or use a kitchen baster to squirt the oil in. Refer to the Capacities Chart for the proper amount of oil to put in.
  10.  
  11. The oil level should come up to the top of the filler hole.
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  13. Replace the filler plug, drive the car for a few minutes, stop, and check for any leaks.
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Please dispose of used oil properly. Do not throw it in the trash or pour it on the ground. Take it to your dealer or local service station for recycling.

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Fig. Fig. 8: Fill and drain plug locations on 1987-1994 sedans

 
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