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    Misadjusted tv cables can cause problems with shift timing and quality and can lead to expensive trans repairs. This link is to very good instructions on how to adjust your tv cable. I performed the work described and it has made a huge improvement, and resolved my pinging problems because i'm no longer lugging gears due to ultra early shifts.

    http://www.txchange.com/aodadj.htm

    Check it out. Now would also be a good time to replace your 2.00 tv grommet on the throttle body butterfly lever (it's the black one opposite the throttle cable post). When these fail it can lead to your aod going down the toilet.
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    good stuff matt!

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    Some additional information dealing with the same subject.

    http://www.becontrols.com/tech/aodfaq.htm
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    Good stuff there.
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    Very good info!
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    Where can I get the TV cable grommet that belongs in the throttle valve? Mine fell apart last fall, the cable fell out and then jammed the accelerator down as I was coming up on a red light wit a cop in front of me. Anyways, I looked for a used one but parts are really hard to find here in Western NF and I went to the dealer and all they had was the entire cable at a cost of over $100. I tried to match up a generic grommet but I couldn't find one that fit right, so now I have the "plastic block" on the end of the cable held in place with two rubberbands that I check frequently.

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    Brass TV cable bushing (not a grommet) costs $5.30 at my local Ford dealer, part #F3SZ-7H303-B. Comes with the retaining spring too, but you might also need to add a very thin washer to get it nice and tight. Have a look at this tech article at LoL: http://www.lincolnsonline.com/tech/00052.html

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    Well I been pokin around the posts and have gotten more then an ear full of useful information I must say, many ideas going now. Anyhow I decided today that I would see where the TV was set since i have never adjusted this besides installing a new grommet. Used the information in matts first post and it seems that the "factory" setting was persumed to be the MIN TV set point. with this in mind i set it to the middle mark. and test drove... well it still did what it was doing originally, but overall seemed to be smoother and held shifts longer, i persume this was because of the added pressure now...
    anyhows, the transmission seems like it pops outta gear when first begining to drive in the morning or anytime after its been sitting for 5 hours or so
    u start it up, let the IAC calm down, place in reverse, back outta drive way, place in drive and nothing, rev up a little and in gear it gos.... it didnt do it as bad as it has been now that the TV cable was adjusted but still none the less acted like it was in nutural. also with the addition to the high TV pressure, i should assume there would be added heat and friction? change fluid more? maybe a trans cooler?
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    1. Remove the air cleaner. Have someone floor the gas pedal from inside the car while you bend the THROTTLE cable bracket until the butterfly arm bottoms solidly on it's stop.
    This part confused me a bit. Is this saying that the bracket needs adjusted by bending to get full throttle movement?
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    No actual bending of the TB plate is required, what the guys meant is that you should push on the end of the TB plate just to make sure it's at the actual WOT - in some cases (like mine) the bracket that holds all the cables gives a little when the gas is floored, so the TB butterfly never really goes to the widest open position it's capable of.

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    Question When SHOULD the gears shift?

    - read this thread (interesting)
    - read my Ford workshop manual
    - concluded my clunky shift from 3->4 was maybe the TV cable adjustment (as the manual said that was a symptom). (all my other shifts - up and down - were very smooth)
    - Adjusted the cable such that I was pulling more cable than before (by 2mm)
    - Now I dunno if things are better or not.

    So...let me ask this:

    on a flat road, with light acceleration when should the trany shift into 4th?

    - before the adjustment this was at 60 kph (36 mph)
    - after the adjustment it happens about 70 kph (42 mph)

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    if you want your aod to last, much later.......mine shifts into overdrive at 52-55mph under light throttle

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    Mine shifts at exactly 42MPH


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    With the TV cable adjusted according to the books I was getting 3-4 shift under light accel at about 45mph, now with the cable almost maxed out the only way it goes in OD at 45mph is if I let off teh gas completely. My current upshift is like Scott's, at about 55mph, and it works much much better, especially with city driving.

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    Checked my TV cable adjustment today since the bushing lookedd about fried.
    Installed new bushing. The adjustment seemed to be at max according to proceedure. Marked the 5/16 and set to mid.
    Trans seemed to be shifing early at light throttle before reseting to mid travel giving me a flat spot in acceleration. Adjusting to mid seems to have helped, shifts a bit later. Which direction raises the shift point towards max or towards min? Also had a mark already at the max setting no mark at min or mid.

    Also a few days ago started getting a slaping / thumping noise near the trany tail shaft area. Thought maybe poping from the timing being to high at idle. Happens at a stop mostly in gear. Backed the timing off still does it.
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    I am posting this because I think that the above links can be a little confusing for some people.
    To do the adjustment by yourself, substitute a stick for the extra human holding the gas pedal down - I used a short adjustable rolling pole.
    Assuming you already have the listed part number above which is a little brass washer and locking clip , follow these steps.

    1. floor board the gas pedal
    2. remove tv cable from throttle body
    3. unlock push pin
    4. pull rail from the end as marked hard.
    5. lock the push pin
    6. make a mark on the rail at edge of the push pin assembly.
    7. make a mark 5/16" down the rail from that mark
    8 make a mark in between those two.
    9. the mark furthest toward the end of the rail is MIN
    10. the first mark you made is MAX
    11. set your edge of push pin assembly in between MIDDLE and MAX
    that is for a longer shift pattern
    the further you go towards the end of the rail is the faster it will shift.

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    The shifts on my 82 with light throttle are

    1-2 at 18
    2-3 at 27
    OD at 42


    I also noticed that my cable is EXTREMELY LOOSE! However, i am not getting any early shifts, as per this post. Even though my shifts are VERY FIRM, how could this cause my tranny to go bad? I'm sorry, but i just dont understand.


    This is a great article and i will adjust because i do not get a 3-1 shift at around 25 mph like i should.

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