Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide




See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

Check the condition of the drive belts and check/adjust the belt tension every 10,000-15,000 miles (16,000-24,000 km) or 1 year.

  1. Inspect the belts for signs of glazing or cracking. A glazed belt will be perfectly smooth from slippage, while a good belt will have a slight texture of fabric visible. Cracks will usually start at the inner edge of the belt and run outward. Replace the belt at the first sign of cracking or if the glazing is severe.
  3. By placing your thumb midway between the two pulleys, it should be possible to depress the belt about 1 / 4 - 1 / 2 inch (6-13mm). It is best to use a drive belt tension gauge to check belt tension. If any of the belts can be depressed more than this, or cannot be depressed this much, adjust the tension. Inadequate tension will result in slippage and wear, while excessive tension will damage bearings and cause belts to fray or crack.
  5. All drive belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles (96,500 km) or as necessary. Drive belts should be replaced for preventive maintenance. It is always best to replace all drive belts at one time during this service operation.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Inspect the belts for cracking, glazing and separation of the core

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Fig. Fig. 2: A belt tension gauge should be used when checking the belt

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