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Old 03-12-2003, 05:14 PM
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The kick down cable on my '84 chev. pick up is broke. It does fine on the hiway and gas milege even improved, is this a problem, if so what happens?

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for one you will have to manually kick it down to pass, if you do any kind of "spirited" driving you will burn up the trans.
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Just drive to work and back, 40 miles of interstate each way. Good thing I work for an oil company.
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what makes you think with out kick down cable on 350 trans would cause failer? like you stated you only lose you kick down which means only need to move lever down to drive 2 for passing gear,if you have 700 r4 kick down cable know as t/v cable is very important.
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i tried running mine without the cable and it was constantly shifting way too soon and lugging the engine down. put a new one on and adjusted it works great.
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theirs no problom, I lost the one in my chevelle and it works fine, theirs just no kickdown if that bugs you.
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The 'kickdown' cable is the wrong terminology for that connection. True, it is one of the control devices that tells the tranny when to 'kick down' in addition to the governor and the vacuum modulator. Proper name is throttle control valve cable and it does much more than just kick down. It tells the tranny info on throttle position which it uses in conjunction with the vacuum modulator that indicates load on the engine and the governor which indicates car speed. All of this info is necessary for the tranny to decide when and how hard to shift gears. It is unfortunate that the tranny will still seem to work without the cable because this give the driver a false sense of security as his tranny is quickly burning up. I would park the car until I got it fixed 'cause you are definitely travelling on borrowed time.
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Alot of people think that it is just for kickdown but it does increase line pressure slightly at WOT too which makes the clutch packs hold better. Just my 2 cents.
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ok lets call an orange an orange....
the real name according to motor repair book that I have it is a detent cable connected to the detent valve , that use's dent regulator valve and line pressure to make 2-1, and 3-2 down shifts also detent reg valve used in 1-2 upshift and 2-3 upshift (ie) make them hold out longer before upshifts occur. this only speaks of this cable not talking of governer springs and weights
or vacuum mogulator
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I love oranges! Especially navels.
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