Gearshift cable. Band adjustments

Gearshift cable

Check adjustment by starting the engine in Park and Neutral. Adjustment is OK if the engine starts only in these positions. Adjustment is incorrect if the engine starts in one but not both positions. If the engine starts in any position other than Park or Neutral, or if the engine will not start at all, the park/ neutral position switch may be faulty.

Gearshift Adjustment Procedure

1) Shift transmission into Park.

(2) Release cable adjuster lock (underneath the power brake booster) (Fig. 308) to unlock cable.

(3) Raise vehicle.

(4) Slide cable eyelet off transmission shift lever.

(5) Verify transmission shift lever is in Park detent by moving lever fully rearward. Last rearward detent is Park position.

(6) Verify positive engagement of transmission park lock by attempting to rotate propeller shaft.

Shaft will not rotate when park lock is engaged.

(7) Slide cable eyelet onto transmission shift lever.

(8) Lower vehicle and check engine starting.

Engine should start only in Park and Neutral.

(9) Lock shift cable by pressing cable adjuster clamp down until it snaps into place.

Band adjustments

FRONT BAND ADJUSTMENT

The front (kickdown) band adjusting screw is located on the left side of the transmission case above the manual valve and throttle valve levers.

Fig. 308 Gearshift Cable Routing Fig. 308 Gearshift Cable Routing

1 - CABLE MOUNTING

2 - CABLE BRACKET AT TRANS.

3 - GEARSHIFT CABLE

(1) Raise vehicle.

(2) Loosen band adjusting screw locknut (Fig. 309).

Then back locknut off 3-5 turns. Be sure adjusting screw turns freely in case. Apply lubricant to screw threads if necessary.

(3) Tighten band adjusting screw to 8 N*m (72 in.

lbs.) torque with Inch Pound Torque Wrench C-3380-A, a 3-in. extension and appropriate Torxy socket.

CAUTION: If Adapter C-3705 is needed to reach the adjusting screw, tighten the screw to only 5 N*m (47-50 in. lbs.) torque.

42RE TRANSMISSION

  • Back off front band adjusting screw 3 turns.
  • Hold adjuster screw in position and tighten locknut to 41 N*m (30 ft. lbs.) torque.

44RE TRANSMISSION

  • Back off front band adjusting screw 1-7/8 turns.
  • Hold adjuster screw in position and tighten locknut to 41 N*m (30 ft. lbs.) torque.

(4) Lower vehicle.

REAR BAND ADJUSTMENT

The transmission oil pan must be removed for access to the rear band adjusting screw.

(1) Raise vehicle.

(2) Remove transmission oil pan and drain fluid.

(3) Loosen band adjusting screw locknut 5-6 turns (Fig. 310). Be sure adjusting screw turns freely in lever.

(4) Tighten adjusting screw to 8 N*m (72 in. lbs.) torque.

Fig. 309 Front Band Adjustment Screw Location Fig. 309 Front Band Adjustment Screw Location

1 - LOCK-NUT

2 - FRONT BAND ADJUSTER

Fig. 310 Rear Band Adjusting Screw Location Fig. 310 Rear Band Adjusting Screw Location

1 - ADJUSTING SCREW

2 - REAR BAND LEVER

3 - LOCKNUT

42/44RE TRANSMISSION

  • Back off adjusting screw 4 turns.
  • Hold adjusting screw in place and tighten locknut to 34 N*m (25 ft. lbs.) torque.

5) Position new gasket on oil pan and install pan on transmission. Tighten pan bolts to 17 N*m (13 ft.

lbs.) torque.

(6) Lower vehicle and refill transmission with Mopart ATF Plus 3, Type 7176 fluid.

    Dodge Durango (DN) 1998-2003 Service Manual

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