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Need to adjust bands in the automatic transmission, need technical instructions on torque specs , etc.

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  • Richard Scordino Aug 27, 2010

    Most times bands should not need any adjustment. Though there are technical instructions the easiest way to adjust is to tighten the adjustment slowly 'till the band just touches the drum then back off about one half turn. The important part is not to permit the adjustment screw to turn as you are turning the lock nut. That will cause a big problem if it does. Adjustments are : rear band is on the inside, front is on the outside (may be the other way around...(have not done one in a long time) If when you remove the pan you find the fluid is burned or there is excessive clutch material or metal, stop there...your transmission is worn out and no adjustment will help.

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Hello there,

This is an FYI and not a solution to your problem. I present this as a supplement to any info you might receive to help you make the right decisions. As such please do not rate it, thank you.

I would point out that even seasoned mechanics with years of experience still consider those that work on automatic transmissions to be practitioners of the Dark Arts.

The prerequisite skills necessary for working on an A/T (and ending up with an A/T that is working) are demanding and difficult.

Unless you are an experienced, and I mean EXPERIENCED, mechanic, I would advise against working on the internal components of an A/T.

You should also be aware that you are requesting the instruction on the mechanical equivalent of a surgery from the free section on a site that guarantees your satisfaction or your money back. That does not guarantee you will get good info, just that if you act on it, and are displeased, you will get your money back. Follow me?

If you are fully aware of what you are getting into, the risk that inexperienced handling of certain aspects of the procedure will render an A/T into scrap metal, at least you are going in with your eyes open.

Your first step should be to repost your request confirming make, model, year, engine size, transmission type and VIN#.

In addition, you may want a second opinion on the symptoms that led to the diagnostic conclusion of band adjustment.

Best regards
Mike'
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* Front Band - tighten to 72 in-lb, back off 2-1/2 turns (all transmissions)
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o 36/37/46/47RH - Tighten to 72 in-lb, back off 2 turns

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o 46RE/RH - tighten to 72 in-lb, back off 2 turns
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