A piece of advice to all out there struggling with transmission issues... - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 2 Old 02-27-2020, 04:30 AM Thread Starter
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A piece of advice to all out there struggling with transmission issues...

Replace the TV Cable.

Some call it the Kickdown Cable... it might have other names, too...

"Why should I take that kind of advice from some noob??"

First of all, while im no expert, im not that green either...

Then, you must know that the cable stretches as the years go by, making it nearly impossible to adjust properly (ask me how I know).

An improperly adjusted cable can lead to other problems, like harsh shifts and, most importantly for me, OVERHEATING. Both of these can be pretty bad down the line.

Depending on how off you are with the adjustment, you might say "well, its not that bad, plus this is the only position where it seems to work, anyway". But couple that with a low transmisison oil because of a leaky cooler line, and you got the recipe for a blown transmission.

Ask me how I know...

When I replaced the blown transmission a couple of years ago, I left the old TV Clabe in there. It aways had shifting issues, and it always seemed to run hot. Fastforward to a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to replace the cable for a brand new one.

And now the ZJ shifts smooth...

Now the ZJ does not overheat...

Dont be like me...


Now I have to see how much damage I did to the new transmission...


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post #2 of 2 Old 03-04-2020, 10:21 AM
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Been through this with my 87 Gran Fury and learned all about them, very important component on Chryslers.

Did you use a factory style replacement or an aftermarket kind such as Lokar or Mancini Racing?

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