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Old 05-25-2008, 07:15 PM   #1
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Dizzy Shifter cable removal

I have finnally got around to swapping the trans in my sl2.....recycler admitted he made the mistake when my daughter picked upm the wrong one....anyhow, how do I release the shifter cable clip from the casting on the trans?
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:01 PM   #2
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I couldnt figure out how to edit the post...I have another question, do the drivelines simply slide free from the trans, or is there a retaining device....
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Its always important to post your Vitals! Especially when talking transmissions!
Both auto/man have clips but come out different ways. So which do you have? Auto or manual?

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Just use pliers to remove the U shape clip. Then push the cable towards the passenger side and slide it out.

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I didn't see a reply to your second Q, the drivelines just pop out, no clips. Drain the fluid first.
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:37 PM   #5
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Yes it is an auto....great pics, Thanks....hope your on here tommorow, will probably have more questions....
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:56 PM   #6
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OK.....I'm back, got the old trans out,new one is bolted in, passenger driveline is installed......trans in park(Ithink)....passenger tire spins.....should it????
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Seems that one tire could be spinning and one fixed.
In Park > the trans is therefore locked > Passenger tire could spin and the drive side would spin opposite direction, that's what the differential does. No motion would transmit through the tranny.

Did you check the diff pin before you installed the tranny? For peace of mind....
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I dont have the drivers side driveline installed......diff pin is visible thru axle hole...it is in there. Seems to be okay
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Here I go again....trans is in, bolted up, all parts reinstalled, ready to take for a test drive......turn the key and dash lit up....try to crank and nothing! Now I have no dash lite, no radio, I put the charger on the battery just in case(been sitting for a week) Checked shift lever(auto trans) and it wont move, will not release to move from park position.HELP
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Make sure you have the cable adjusted right. With the lever in park, pull the deal up that locks in the cable. Pull the selector on the trans all the way to the drivers side. See how much cable travel you have (probably not much) and lock it in in the center of it's travel.
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i found the cable adjustment was a pain at first. Trying to figure out where the tranny was and what the shifter had to be
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I have finnally got around to swapping the trans in my sl2.....recycler admitted he made the mistake when my daughter picked upm the wrong one....anyhow, how do I release the shifter cable clip from the casting on the trans?
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I couldnt figure out how to edit the post...I have another question, do the drivelines simply slide free from the trans, or is there a retaining device....
There is a "C" shaped clip at the end of the drivers side axle where it slides into the transmission and on the intermediate shaft where the passenger side axle slides into place.
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OK Guys......I am an expert at removing the shift cable, got it figured out just where to push and release the plastic clip......had to do it 3 or 4 times....got the trans in and test driven......shifts hard thru all the gears, lower gears get a little better when the trans is warmed up......Gear Slam? I need the procedure for torqueing the input shaft nuts Please......also had to put 6 quarts of fluid in the trans(AUTO), seems to be a 1/2 qt low still.....trans was drained when I got it...I replaced the old filter...and of course the converter needs oil....does this sound right?
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input nut should be torques to 110ft/lbs. However id wait on that. IIRC the tranny needs about 7 or 8 quarts since it was fully dry.
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input nut should be torques to 110ft/lbs. Procedure for it can be found in the how-to library. However id wait on that. IIRC the tranny needs about 7 or 8 quarts since it was fully dry. Be sure to check the fluid in park on a level surface at an idle at operating temperature
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OK Guys......I am an expert at removing the shift cable, got it figured out just where to push and release the plastic clip......had to do it 3 or 4 times....got the trans in and test driven......shifts hard thru all the gears, lower gears get a little better when the trans is warmed up......Gear Slam? I need the procedure for torqueing the input shaft nuts Please......also had to put 6 quarts of fluid in the trans(AUTO), seems to be a 1/2 qt low still.....trans was drained when I got it...I replaced the old filter...and of course the converter needs oil....does this sound right?
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It's normal. It's going to slam gears. The PCM has to relearn all the shifts points. Just give it 50 or so miles and it'll smooth out.
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Thats good to hear.....the daughter didnt even give me time to close the hood before she took off...it'll have a hundred on it before the day is out....Thanks to every one for your info and guidance
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It's normal. It's going to slam gears. The PCM has to relearn all the shifts points. Just give it 50 or so miles and it'll smooth out.
That's what I found when I did my trans swap for the first 20 mins or so the shifts were really harsh. Then they smoothed out quite a bit. After a few days of driving, it really started to shift well.
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(Not familiar with auto trannies)

How does fluid get INTO the torque converter?
If you drain the tranny, the fluid stays in the T.C., right?
Does the fluid in the T.C. ever get circulated, or is it always the same fluid forever?
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I am back.....the trans is still shifting "firmly"...it will chirp the tires going in to 3rd and 4th......do I need to do the input nut torque procedure? it probably has 200 miles on it by now of around town driving.
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I dont know how trans fluid gets into the torque converter....but I do know it has to be there...a torque converter is a "fluid coupling" between the engine and trans.
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