This DIY repair and service manual by Haynes, covers 1979-1982 Datsun 210 Sedan, Hatchback, Station Wagon and Sportwagon with 1.2L, 1.4L, and 1.5L engines, coupled to manual and automatic transmissions.
USA: Datsun 210 Sedan, Hatchback, Station Wagon, Sportwagon
Note: This manual does not cover Van version.
Book Excerpt: 1979-1982 Datsun 210 Repair Manual
VALVE CLEARANCES | ADJUSTMENT
To check the valve clearances, the engine must be turned over and this is best achieved by applying a ring spanner or socket onto the crankshaft pulley bolt and rotating the crankshaft to the positions required.
If the engine is in the vehicle it will be easier to turn it over if the spark plugs are removed (to reduce the compression).
The valve clearances should preferably be checked when the engine is hot, but if it has been standing and cooled off or is being reassembled, they can be adjusted to the cold clearance specifications initially and checked again later when the engine has been run to warm it up.
The clearances are as given in the Specifications.
The correct valve clearances are essential for the efficient running of the engine.
If the clearances are set to open, the efficiency of the engine is reduced as the valves open late and close earlier than was intended.
If, on the other hand the clearances are set too close there is a danger that the stems will expand upon heating and not allow the valves to close properly which will cause burning of the valve head and seat and possible warping.
If the engine is in the car to get at the rockers it is merely necessary to remove the rocker cover, and then to lift the rocker cover and gasket away.
It is important that the clearance is set when the tappet of the valve being adjusted is on the heel of the cam, (i.e. opposite the peak).
This can be done by carrying out the adjustment in the following order, which also avoids turning the crankshaft more than necessary.
FRONT SUSPENSION AND STEERING
STEERING COLUMN | REMOVAL AND REFITTING
Remove the steering wheel, as described in the preceding Section.
Open the hood and unscrew and remove the pinch bolt which secures the flexible coupling of the steering column to the worm shaft of the steering box.
Remove the two halves of the steering column shroud.
Remove the two screws and take off the combination switch assembly.
Unscrew and remove the four screws which secure the column flange plate at its lower end.
Unscrew and remove the two bolts which secure the clamp at the upper end of the steering column.
Withdraw the steering column into the interior of the vehicle and then remove it.
The steering column bearings may be lubricated with multipurpose grease but apart from this operation no dismantling or overhaul can be carried out. If the bearings are worn, replace and column complete.
In the event of a front end collision having occurred, the following dimensional checks must be carried out and the column replaced if they are outside the specified tolerances.