Question about 1993 Ford Tempo
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.
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.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
3RD GEAR IS THE DIRECT CLUTCHES . WHEN THE GROMMET BROKE YOU LOST LINE PRESSURE IN THE TRANSMISSION RESULTING IN BURNING THE CLUTCHES .THE ONLY FIX IS TO REBUILD OR REPLACE TRANNY.BAD DESIGN BY FORD .YOU CAN FIND A BRONZE ONE AFTERMARKET
Posted on May 07, 2009
The weld on the manual lever is known to break loose. First, with the wheels off the ground, with the lever in the park position, does the drive shaft lock in park? If yes or no sometimes, drop the trans pan. I bet the nut on the lever camd loose.
Posted on Jun 19, 2010
Easy problem. Check your clutch fluid (it is most likely low) master cylinder on the front of the gearbox most likely has failed, causing you to try and put it in gear, but then you broke the shifter cable. Easy fix.
Posted on Oct 27, 2010
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