Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Adjustments

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KICK-DOWN BAND





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Fig. Fig. 1 Kick-down band adjusting screw location and other transmission related components

The kick-down band adjusting screw is located on the left-hand side of the transmission case near the throttle lever shaft.

  1. Loosen the locknut and back it off about 5 turns. Be sure that the adjusting screw is free in the case.
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  3. Tighten the adjusting screw to exactly 72 in. lbs.
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  5. Back off the adjusting screw 2 turns on A904; 2 1 / 2 turns on A727 and the 1980 A904. Hold the adjusting screw and tighten the locknut to 35 ft. lbs.
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LOW-REVERSE BAND





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Fig. Fig. 2 The transmission oil pan must be removed to access the low-reverse band adjusting screw

The pan must be removed from the transmission to gain access to the Low-Reverse band adjusting screw. An in. lb. torque wrench is also necessary for accurate adjustment.

  1. Drain the transmission and remove the pan. See for the procedure.
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  3. Loosen the band adjusting screw locknut and back it off about 5 turns. Be sure that the adjusting screw turns freely in the lever.
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  5. Tighten the adjusting screw to exactly 72 in. lbs. On A-904 transmissions with a six-cylinder engine, tighten the adjusting screw to exactly 41 in. lbs.
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  7. Back off the adjusting screw A904; 4 turns on V8 models or 7 turns on six-cylinder models, except the A727 which requires 2 turns. Keep the screw from turning and tighten the locknut.
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  9. Install the pan using a new gasket. Refill the transmission with the Dexron fluid.
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SHIFT LINKAGE





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Fig. Fig. 3 View of the column gearshift linkage. View A shows the adjusting point



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Fig. Fig. 4 View of the console gearshift linkage. Adjustment is made at the lower rod

  1. Under the car, loosen the adjustable rod swivel lockbolt.
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  3. Put the floorshift or column shift lever into Park.
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  5. Move the transmission shift lever all the way to the rear.
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  7. Tighten the swivel lockbolt (torque is 90 in. lbs) without putting any pressure on the linkage.
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  9. The shift effort must be free and the detents should feel crisp. All gate stops must be positive. It should be possible to start the engine in Park and Neutral only.
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