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93 ford tempo, changed neutral safety switch. worried i may have broken the kickdown lever, reattached all the linkage to it and now the transmission won't shift into 2nd gear until about 35mp

I replaced the neutral safety switch and did not know that I was supposed to hold the kickdown lever to avoid damage internally. I didn't wrench on it too hard but my original thought was I broke the internals because it was moving freely. After going to the junkyard to find a grommet that fits on the linkage from the tv cable to the kickdown I noticed that on the other vehicles the kickdown lever felt like it was engaging at a certain point, where as my now (possibly damaged) lever moved freely. After fiddling with it I realized if i twisted it rearward far enough I felt something engage then moving it back forward it feels to engage like the others. Even after adjusting the tv cable to compensate for the kickdown lever standing straight up and causing the throttle to stick, the car still shifts out of 1st gear at about 35mph. Also it will do this without the tv cable even attached, meaning the kickdown lever isn't functioning even when attached. Is the car in limp mode? Is this car capable of knowing when to go to limp mode? Does anyone know what I can do next to possibly diagnose whether or not I broke the internals to the kickdown lever or if its just out of adjustment from having to pull the lever off that holds the neutral safety switch in? I'm worried I damaged the transmission but I didn't think something as simple as changing the neutral safety switch would cause so much damage.

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What about the rest of the shift points. 2 to 3 and 3 to 4? If the others are normal than the problem is with the 1-2 internals and not the T-V linkage.
It seems the transmission Is acting as if the throttle is wide open; for the 1-2 shift, therefore there is something in the linkage is broken or out of adjustment since your work. The last step before opening up the transmission to replace the TV linkage is to make sure the external TV cable linkage is set up right, and after is verified, if you are still seeing WOT upshift points that function of the internal to external kick down parts will need to be repaired. Sorry.

If you know a good local independent transmission specialist you might see him and get some advice.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014

  • chance george
    chance george Nov 17, 2014

    It is a 3spd but it is the same for 2-3. Doesn't shift into 3rd gear until about 55mph. Believe the valve inside transmission from the tv lever is stuck open. Going to take it to a trans shop.

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I hope help you. Good luck (rated this help).

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