See Figures 1, 2 and 3
REPLACEMENT & ADJUSTMENT
The 1985-95 vehicles covered by this information that are equipped with automatic transmissions utilize a mechanical shift lever and linkage assembly. Starting in 1996, the shift linkage was replaced by a shift cable. For 1985-95 vehicles, please refer to the shift linkage adjustment procedure found earlier in this section.
Before attempting to remove the shift cable from the van, make sure that the transmission is in the mechanical Neutral position. You can verify this at the control lever on the transmission assembly by rotating it clockwise until it reaches the FULL STOP position, then rotating it back counterclockwise 2 detents.
- Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely using jackstands.
- Climb under the vehicle and verify that the transmission is in mechanical Neutral.
- Remove the clip from the bracket securing the shift cable to the transmission.
- Disconnect the shift cable end from the transmission shift lever stud ball.
- Remove the 3 shift cable clips from the body.
- Remove the grommet from the hole in the floor panel.
- On All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles, remove the bolt and washer securing the clip and shift cable to the transfer case assembly.
- Move to the passenger compartment, then disconnect the clip securing the shift cable to the steering column bracket.
- Disconnect the shift cable end from the steering column shift controller stud ball.
- Make sure the transmission is still in mechanical Neutral (double-check if it might have accidentally been changed during cable removal).
- Feed the steering column end of the shift cable through the grommet hole in the floor panel of the vehicle.
- Install the shift cable end to the steering column shift controller stud ball, then fasten using the retaining clip.
- Route the cable to the transmission bracket. DO NOT depress the locking tab that secures the shift cable to the transmission bracket. Make sure that the tab remains in the OUT position. Also, DO NOT install the shift cable end to the transmission shift lever stud ball.
- Place the steering column shift lever into the Neutral position.
- Make sure that the shift cable is properly routed and that it is not restricted. The shift cable must assume a natural routing. It must be free to move 0.80 in. (20mm) axially during the adjustment under adjustment spring loads.
- Pull the cable completely forward and release it. When the cable is pulled COMPLETELY forward and released, the adjustment spring will position the cable at its most rearward position.
- Connect the end of the shift cable to the transmission shift lever ball stud.
DO NOT pull the shift cable end forward of the ball stud prior to connecting the two. A poor adjustment could result.
- Press the locking tab IN to secure the shift cable to the transmission bracket.
Complete the cable installation:
- On AWD vehicles, install the bolt and washer securing the clip and shift cable to the transfer case.
- Position the grommet in the floor panel hole.
- Install the 3 shift cable clips to the body.
- Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle, then road test to confirm proper operation.