Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Adjustments

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SHIFT LEVER VERTICAL FREE-PLAY



See Figures 1 and 2

This procedure applies to 1987-1990 sedans only. Check the shift lever vertical play. If greater than 0.0059 in. (0.15mm), replace the shift lever bushing using the following procedure.

  1. Remove the shift lever knob and cover.
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On some models, it may be necessary to remove the center console.

  1. Remove the snapring securing the shift lever ball seat to the shift lever retainer.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the shift lever from the selecting lever.
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  5. Pull the shift lever assembly from it's seat, then replace the bushing.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Shift lever and components on 1987-1990 sedans



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Fig. Fig. 2: If shift lever vertical play is excessive, the bushing should be replaced

SHIFT LINKAGE/CABLES



The shift linkage/cables are precisely adjusted at the factory during assembly and cannot be adjusted in the field. Cable stretch, bracket damage or excessive bushing wear can cause misadjustment. The individual cable, bracket or bushing must be replaced. Any attempt to adjust the shift cables can cause poor shifting and/or transaxle damage.

CLUTCH SWITCH



See Figure 3

The clutch switch is used to prevent the vehicle from starting unless the clutch pedal is fully depressed. This is a safety feature which helps prevent personal injury and/or property damage which may occur if the vehicle's starter is engaged when the transaxle is in gear. On some models equipped with cruise control, it also disengages the cruise control feature.

  1. Place the transaxle in the neutral position. Set the parking brake firmly and block the drive wheels.
  2.  
  3. Check that the engine does not start with the clutch pedal released.
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  5. Check that the engine starts with the clutch pedal fully depressed.
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  7. If necessary, adjust by loosening the lock-nuts and repositioning the switch. On 1987-1990 sedans with cruise control, check the pedal height (refer to the procedure in this section).
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Fig. Fig. 3: The vehicle should start only after the clutch pedal is fully depressed

 
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