Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Adjustments

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SHIFT LINKAGE




WARNING
When it is necessary to disconnect the linkage cable from the lever, which uses plastic grommets as retainers, the grommets should be replaced.

  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 into the Park position.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Shift linkage on the automatic transaxle

  1. Hold the shift arm in position with a force of about 10 lbs. and tighten the adjuster swivel lock bolt to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
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  3. Check the linkage action.
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WARNING
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. If these are unavailable, do the following:

  1. Remove the release button.
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  3. Cut and fold a standard paper match stem.
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  5. Using tweezers, insert the folded match as far as possible into the clearance slot. The match should be below the knob surface.
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  7. Insert the button, taking care not to break the button stem.
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THROTTLE CABLE



  1. Adjust the idle speed as previously described.
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  3. Run the engine to normal operating temperature.
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  5. Loosen the adjustment bracket lockscrew.
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Fig. Fig. 2 Loosen the adjustment bracket screw to slide the bracket free

  1. Make sure the adjustment bracket is free to slide in its slot.
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  3. Hold the transaxle lever firmly rearward against its internal stop and tighten the adjustment bracket lockscrew to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
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  5. Test the cable operation.
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BAND



Front Kickdown

Chrysler recommends that the band be adjusted at each fluid change. The adjusting screw is located on the left side of the case.

  1. Loosen the locknut and back off the nut above five full turns.
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  3. Tighten the band adjusting screw to 72 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
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  5. Back off the adjusting screw exactly 2 1 / 2 turns except with 1.6L engine, back off 3 turns.
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  7. Hold the adjusting screw and tighten the locknut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
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