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What should I do to my 1994 Lincoln Town Car Cartier to tow a 2500 lb travel trailer?

Bought the car 2 months ago from 92 yr. old first owner who had put only 50,000 miles on it in 20 years. I changed all the fluids, flushed the trans, changed the hoses. I have put 5,000 miles on it, and it runs, sounds, and looks brand new. Mechanic suggests putting a shift kit on it since it was "broken in as a short-drive car" and towing would be a different use. I already had planned to put a class 3 hitch and a transmission oil cooler. Is this all I need? What is a shift kit? What exactly does it do? How will it change the performance of the transmission? Thank you.

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A shift kit is always a good idea when hauling a trailer. It is a kit that is installed in the transmission made up of gaskets seals and other small parts. Fairly easy to install. This makes the car shift faster, without lag in between gears. Normally if you had a tachometer your car may drop 1200 RPM'S while shifting, but with a shift kit, it would only drop 600 or so RPM"S Easier on fuel, and easier on transmission. Good investment in my opinion. Happy travels and cheers from Nova Scotia

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The transmition is not the problem. The cables that run from the shifter to the transmition are the culpret. I recently rescued my wife from the road when the linkage broke on our VUE. I purchased new connectors and cables from the dealership and replaced them. For those that have the proper knowledge and skill set, you can replace them yourself. Others are better off having it done at a shop. The following is my personal experience and is not meant to be a guide, repair manual or procedure for those who lack formal automotive repair training! The new shifter cables come as a set. The cable with the white housing does not seem to be a problem. The cable with the black housing controls the push forward-pull back and the cable with the white housing controls the side to side movement. I found that the new cable with the black housing had the same sort of stiffness when I pushed and pulled the cable by hand. Then I noticed that the cable end was bent, causing it to bind in the housing. I straightened the end by bending it with my hands untill I felt the least amount of binding or resistance when pushing and pulling it. When I installed it the difference was amazing! I kept the old cable set for emergencies. The only tools you need to replace the cables and couplings are a 7mm socket on a screwdriver handle, a phillips head screwdriver and a pair of needle nose plyers. Remove the center console, (4, 7mm screws) and electrical connections. Then remove the plastic panels around the shifter, (7, phillips head screws and 2 plastic push pins) associated snap together panel fasteners and electrical connections. Pop each cable end off it's shifter joint/ball and push the collar back on each cable housing anchor. Pull the carpet back and push the rubber grommet through the firewall in the passenger footwell. Then pop the cable ends off at the transmition. Pull the old cable set out and reverse the procedure to install the new cables. There is an adjustment of the cable length. This should be done before replacing the plastic panels and center console. The new cable ends that attach to the shifter can be positioned/adjusted. Looking at the old cable pair you will see where the old clips were positioned and can start with that. Then run the shifter through all the gears to make sure they all engage. If you run out of travel on the shifter handle re-position the clips on the cable ends, as needed, to get full gear engagement without running out of travel.

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