Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Gearshift Lever Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2 Wheel Drive

See Figure 1

For this procedure, new control lever and stopper plate gaskets will be needed. There may be some slight differences from year to year, however the following procedure is basically the same for all rear-wheel drive trucks.

  1. Unscrew the shift knob from the control lever.
  2.  
  3. Loosen and remove the dust cover retaining plate screws, then pull the dust cover and retaining plate off of the lever.
  4.  
  5. Remove the three mounting bolts from the shift lever assembly.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Transmission shifter lever removal and installation

  1. Pull the control lever assembly with the stopper plate off of the transmission.
  2.  
  3. Remove the two gaskets and the stopper plate off of the underside of the control lever assembly.
  4.  
  5. To Install the shifter assembly, apply the two gaskets and the stopper plate to the under-side of the control lever assembly.
  6.  
  7. Insert the control lever assembly into the transmission, taking care that the lower arm-ball of the control lever fits into the bushing "cup" inside of the transmission.
  8.  
  9. Install the three mounting bolts to hold the control lever in place. Tighten the bolts to 5-8 ft. lbs. (7-11 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the dust cover and dust cover retainer plate over the lever and secure it in place with the screws.
  12.  
  13. Screw the shifter knob back onto the lever until snug. Do not over-tighten to knob, otherwise the knob's threads might strip.
  14.  

4 Wheel Drive See Figures 2, 3 and 4

For this procedure you will need the following new gaskets:



Transmission control lever assembly gasket.
 
Stopper plate gasket.
 
Control housing cover gasket.
 
Control housing gasket.
 

Some differences may exist from year to year, however the following procedures can be applied to all 4-wheel drive trucks.

  1. Unscrew the two shifter knobs off of the transmission and transfer control lever assemblies.
  2.  
  3. Remove the dust cover retaining plate mounting screws.
  4.  
  5. Pull the dust cover retaining plate and the dust cover up off of the two levers.
  6.  
  7. Remove the transmission control lever assembly. Remove the control housing mounting bolts and transmission control lever assembly mounting bolts with the transfer shift lever in the "2H" position and remove the transmission control lever assembly with the control housing.
  8.  
  9. Remove the two gaskets and the stopper plate from underneath of the transmission control lever assembly. The gaskets will have to be replaced with a new one upon installation.
  10.  
  11. Remove the transfer shift lever assembly from the control housing.
  12.  
  13. Remove the control housing cover and gasket from the control housing.
  14.  
  15. Remove the control housing gasket.
  16.  


WARNING
When the control lever assembly is removed, keep the transmission control lever and the transfer control lever in the following positions: Transmission control lever-neutral position, the transfer control lever-2H (2-wheel drive, high range). After the control lever assembly has been removed, cover the hole with a cloth to prevent entry of foreign substances into the extension housing.

To install:
  1. Set the control housing cover onto the control housing, using a new gasket between the two parts, and tighten the retaining bolts to 11-15 ft. lbs. (15-22 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the transfer shift lever assembly. Make sure that the transfer lever assembly mounting on the transmission side is in the position shown in the illustration.
  4.  
  5. Install the two gaskets and the stopper plate onto the control housing, then set the transmission control lever assembly into the control housing, making sure that the bottom of the shifter sets in the shifter bushing (in the transmission). Tighten the retaining bolts to 11-15 ft. lbs. (15-22 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the shift lever cover, the dust cover retaining plate and dust cover over the shift levers. Mount the to the bracket with the retaining screws.
  8.  
  9. Screw the shift lever knobs back onto the levers, only tighten them until they are snug, otherwise the knobs' threads might become stripped.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Side, internal view of the transmission shifter lever



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Fig. Fig. 3: When installing the transfer control shifter into the transmission, make sure that the transfer assembly installation part (transmission side) is at the position shown in the illustration



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Fig. Fig. 4: Install the stopper plate to the transmission shifter lever in the direction shown in the illustration

 
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