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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-07-05, 05:01 AM
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No high gear on 92 740 GL

It is a 92 740 GL wagon with turbo engine. It shifts into first and
second fine, but never shifts to third. Makes it eat gas, not to
mention the strain on the tranny from revving so high! I tried
adjusting the kickdown cable a little both ways, but dont have a
manual for this car, and don't really know any procedure to check if
it is adjusted properly. Could it simply be that the kickdown cable
is bad or misadjusted and so preventing it from shifting into high
(Yes, I have tried selecting/deselecting the overdrive button on the
gear selector, has no effect)

And why is it called "kickdown" cable? It appears that it is just a
mechanical way for the tranny to sense throttle position.

We got this used car with a spare tranny which the seller says is a
good one...but just the labor to replace it would be a lot!
Thanks Jim

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-08-05, 01:01 PM
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Re: No high gear on 92 740 GL

A couple things to check
First, are your shifter bushings worn? Does your shifter feel really loose?
The shifter should snap into each gear position, if not you could possibly
be putting the vehicle into second gear.
Second, be certain you are not shifting into third gear and just not going
into overdrive. The little arrow should light on your instrument cluster
when you press the OD button, regardless of what gear you are in. If not,
check your OD relay. It is the tall white relay located in the fuse panel
behind your ashtray.
If your kick-down cable was misadjusted it would affect all shifts not just
third gear.
The proper name for the cable is the Throttle Valve Cable. It is nick-named
kick-down because at normal cruising speed if you extend the cable past it's
detent, i.e.floor the accelerator pedal, the transmission will kick-down a
gear (down-shift).

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