OK guys. I have been scouring the factory manual, reading through forum posts, but cannot find what I am looking for. I have read that the issue I am having means the shift linkage needs to be adjusted. How exactly do I do that? I am hoping that I don't have to drop the pan again. Thanks again for all your help. You guys ROCK!!!
Oh, I guess you will probably want to hear the symptoms, too. When I have the transmission in park, it can slide back enough to sometimes slip down into reverse. I think other shifter positions are having similar issues. Also, I cannot start it in part, only neutral, and only if I push the shifter forward while turning the key. Seems to me like the linkage position is off just a little...but as you know, I don't know.
I just found a copy of the shop manual for the transmission and finally found a description of the process, but it looks like it is Dodge specific; the machanical components look different. I'm gonna print it off and take side by side look.
Nope that doesn't sound like it. Anyone else able to give me instruction, or a picture of where the adjustment point is? I'm not sure if I have to drop the pan again or not. The tranny manual shows an adjustment on the cable itself, just a short way up the line from the transmission, but I couldn't see it. I'll probably check it again tomorrow. Would like to fix it tomorrow before I do re realignment.
OK. Found the adjustment, followed the instructions in the FSM and FTM, and the truck now starts from "P" and "N" like it is supposed to, and park actually is park, not reverse. But I am still having issues with drive. It still acts like it is in neutral. If I put it into "2" then slide up to "D", it seems to be OK.
My current thought is this: either the adjustment is slightly off, so drive is just past the detent in the cab, or there is something else wrong that I haven't found yet.
So far I have changed the governer pressure sensor and solenoid, changed the fluid, replaced the filter, checked the TV cable (no adjustment needed), and adjusted the shifter cable/linkage. Someone at one point suggested checking something with the parking gear while I was inside the transmission, but by that time I already had it put back together.
Any other thoughts on what I should check next? I need to do the alignment either later today or tomorrow before I can take it out and test drive it to see if it eventually pops into gear if I leave it alone. I tried testing it from where I have it parked and it didn't seem to want to, but I would like to test it on a short trip before I declare that conclusive. If it does not pop into gear, I think I am leaning toward a misadjustment on the cable. If I understand it correctly, I can remove the spring for the button in the cab and eliminate the in-cab detent mechanism, then I would be relying solely on the detent in the transmission. If that works correctly, then I know the cable is as maladjusted as I am. Other thoughts???