UNLIKE a 700r4 tranny, the 200-4r will NOT down shift to first gear if the TV cable is pulling TOO much at idle. The 200-4r TV cable must be set real close to correct minuimum setting for it to down shift to first at a complete stop. From your description is sounds like something to look into.
This is a quirk of the 200-4r
Now the lack of forced down shift from OD... you say this is the WAY the tranny acted when the vehicle was purchased. IF the valve body has the aftermarket TV sleeve in it for WOT upshift to OD... this sleeve usually does not provide for a forced downshift to OD . You must manually down shift the shifter to 3rd
Originally posted by joeyg329
Hey guys, i have an 87 monte carlo ss, mild 350 with a strongly built 200-R4. When i purchased the car the guy who sold it to me said the trans was all out build so i have no history on what was really installed in the trans. When i first got it, the trans chirped second and hit third and OD really strong. The shift points seemed right, but soon i found out the car had a thottle cable problem so after i changed the bracket i had to play with the TV cable for a few days. The trans shifts exactly like it used to, but one day out of the blue the trans stopped downshifting into first at a dead stop unless the cars been driven for at least 40 minutes. Now the car wont ever shift into first unless i manually put it in first or shift neutral at a stop and pop it back in drive, which engages the trans back in first. Also when in Od the car wont downshift now matter how much gas you give it and it wouldnt downshift from OD when i first got the car either. The trans still shifts strong and has perfect shift points, but these little problems really annoy me.
Also i dont know if the trans is lockup because the casing has no computer terminals on it and i havent felt it lock up before. The guy said it was the trans was the original 87' 200-r4 that was built and he swears he cant remember what was done to the trans. Any ideas on what was done or what is wrong with this mysterious trans?