Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 4-CYL 1981-1995 Repair Information

Adjustments

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BANDS



Only the A-404, A-413, A-415, A-470 and A-670 transaxles have easily adjustable bands.

Kickdown Band (Front)

The kickdown band adjusting screw is located on the left side (top front) of the transaxle case.

  1. Loosen the locknut and back the nut off approximately five complete revolutions. Test the adjusting screw for free turning in the transaxle case.
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  3. Using a special wrench (Tool C-3880-A with the adapter Tool C-3705, or equivalent), tighten the band adjusting screw to 47-50 inch lbs. (5 Nm). If the adapter C-3705 is not used, tighten the adjusting screw to 72 inch lbs. (8 Nm) which is the true torque amount.
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  5. Back the adjusting screw off 3 revolutions for A-404 and A-415 to 2 1 / 2 revolutions for all other transaxles.
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  7. Tighten the locknut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
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  9. The band should now be completely adjusted.
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Low/Reverse Band (Front)
  1. Loosen the locknut and back the nut off approximately five complete revolutions. Test the adjusting screw for free turning in the transaxle case.
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  3. Tighten the adjusting screw to 41 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
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  5. Back the adjusting screw off 3 1 / 2 revolutions. A-404 and A-415 is non-adjustable.
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  7. Tighten the locknut to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
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  9. The band should now be completely adjusted.
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2-4 Band

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Location of the 2-4 adjustment shim-ZF-4 transaxle



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Fig. Fig. 2: Checking the 2-4 band clearance-ZF-4 transaxle

This band adjustment is used only on the ZF-4 transaxle.

  1. Remove the pan and valve body.
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  3. Remove the existing band adjusting shim.
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  5. Measure and record the thickness of the adjusting shim.
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  7. Measure the clearance between the band pin and case. Clearance should be 0.049-0.059 in. (1.25-1.50mm).
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  9. If clearance must be adjusted, install a thicker or thinner shim to obtain the required clearance.
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  11. Install the valve body and pan. Use a new pan gasket.
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SHIFT LINKAGE



Except Premier and Monaco
1981-83 VEHICLES

When it is necessary to disassembly the linkage cable from the lever, which uses plastic grommets as retainers, the grommets should be replaced with new ones.

  1. Make sure that the adjustable swivel block is free to slide on the shift cable.
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  3. Place the shift lever in PARK.
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  5. With the linkage assembled, and the swivel lock bolt loose, move the shift arm on the transaxle all the way to the front detent.
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  7. Hold the shift arm in this position with a force of about 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm) and tighten the adjust swivel lock bolt to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
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  9. Check the linkage action.
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The automatic transaxle gear selector release button may pop up in the knob when shifting from PARK to DRIVE. This is caused by inadequate retention of the selector release knob retaining tab. The release button will always work but the loose button can be annoying. A sleeve (Chrysler Part No. 5211984) and washers (Chrysler Part No. 6500380) are available to cure this condition.

1984-95 VEHICLES
  1. Put the gearshift in P . Loosen the clamp bolt located on the gearshift cable bracket.
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  3. On column shifts, make sure that the preload adjustment spring engages the fork on the transaxle bracket.
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  5. Pull the shift lever (on the transaxle) all the way to the front detent position (which puts the transaxle in P . Then, tighten the lockbolt to 90 inch lbs. (10.2 Nm) (on 1984-87 models and 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm) on 1988 and later model cars.
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  7. Check the adjustment as follows:
    1. The detent positions of the transaxle shift lever for N and D should be within the limits of the corresponding gate stops on the hand shift lever.
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    3. The starter must operate with the key only if the shift lever is in P or N position.
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Premier and Monaco
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Shift into the P detent.
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  5. Remove the shifter cover and locate the shift cable cross-lock where the cable meets the shifter bracket. Release the shift cable cross-lock by pulling it upward.
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  7. Move the transaxle shift lever all the way rearward into the P detent. Be sure the lever is centered in the detent. Verify positive engagement of the park lock by attempting to rotate the halfshafts. The shafts cannot be turned if the park lock is properly engaged.
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  9. Check the shift cable adjustment. The engine should start in P and N only.
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THROTTLE PRESSURE CABLE



Except Monaco and Premier
1981-85 VEHICLES

See Figure 3

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Fig. Fig. 3: Adjusting the throttle pressure cable

This adjustment should be performed while the engine is at normal operating temperature. Make sure that the carburetor is not on fast idle by disconnecting the choke.

  1. Loosen the adjustment bracket lock screw.
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  3. To insure proper adjustment, the bracket must be free to slide on its slot.
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  5. Hold the throttle lever firmly to the left (toward the engine) against its internal stop and tighten the adjusting bracket lock to 105 inch lbs. (8 3 / 4 ft. lbs.).
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  7. Reconnect the choke. Test the cable operation by moving the throttle lever forward and slowly releasing it to confirm it will return fully rearward.
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1986-95 VEHICLES



  1. Make sure the engine is at operating temperature. On carbureted cars, disconnect the choke to make sure the throttle is completely off the fast idle cam.
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  3. Loosen the bracket lock screw that is mounted on the cable.
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  5. The bracket should be positioned with both its alignment tabs touching the surface of the transaxle. If not, position it that way. Then tighten the lock bolt to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
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  7. Release the cross-lock on the cable assembly by pulling it upward. Make sure that the cable is then free to slide all the way toward the engine (until it is against its stop).
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  9. Now turn the transaxle throttle control lever fully clockwise until it hits its internal stop. Press the cross lock downward and into its locked position. This will automatically remove all cable backlash.
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  11. Reconnect the choke, if it has been disconnected. Turn the transaxle throttle lever forward (or counterclockwise) and then slowly release it. It should return to the full clockwise position, indicating that the cable operates freely.
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THROTTLE VALVE CABLE



Premier and Monaco

See Figures 4, 5 and 6

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Fig. Fig. 4: Loosen the cable locknuts and lift the threaded shank of the cable out of the bracket



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Fig. Fig. 5: Pull the wire forward and position the vernier calipers on the wire between the cable connector and cable end



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Fig. Fig. 6: Hold the cable shank in the detent position while tightening the cable locknuts

  1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
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  3. Loosen the cable locknuts and lift the threaded shank of the cable out of the engine bracket.
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  5. Place the throttle lever in the curb idle position.
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  7. An accurate measurement must now be made. Vernier calipers are suggested. If accurate calipers are not available, fabricate a cable adjustment gauge from a small piece of sheet stock or other material that can be slipped over the throttle cable wire. The gauge must be 1.55 in. (39.5mm) long.
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  9. Pull the cable wire forward and position the vernier calipers or fabricated gauge on the wire between the cable connector and cable end.
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  11. Pull the cable shank rearward to the detent position but not to the wide open throttle position; the detent position feels similar to a stop when reached.
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  13. Hold the cable shank at the detent position, then insert the cable shank into the cable bracket and tighten the cable locknuts.
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  15. Remove the vernier calipers or gauge and verify the adjustment. The cable detent position should be reached when the cable wire travels 1.51-1.59 in. (38.5-40.5mm).
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