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01dakauto
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4/08/2008
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I hear you can change the RPM at which my automatic transmission would shift gears. If this is true, and all I need to do is adjust the TV Cable. Aside from hurting my gas milage, are there any other dangers or things in which i should worry about or look for? Anything that could break or wear out?

Thanks for all the help



fotodak
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4/08/2008
16:16:46

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I don't have cable, I have satellite....

With the TV cable maladjusted you can cause erratic operation, and maybe even damage.
If you do a search of the forum you will find a few folks who thought their tranny was shot but a TV adjustment fixed it.



01dakauto
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4/08/2008
16:20:24

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My transmission isn't broken, I just wish to shift at a higher point. If I had a manual transmission this would not be a problem, however i do not. There is no other way to change the RPM at which I shift at safely? I have a v6, so its not controlled by the computer.



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4/08/2008
19:45:00

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Im gonna assume your truck is an 01. If so, then it's controlled by the computer weather its a v6 or not.



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4/08/2008
20:19:22

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from what i hear, its not controlled by the computer, i have an 01 2, and every1 has told me its controlled by the TV cable, not the computer, not sure tho



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4/09/2008
01:44:16

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You can indeed adjust the shift points during "normal driving" by adjusting the TV cable, to some extent. It is the cable that attaches to the bracket at the rear of the throttle body. Pull out the white clip, then the cable shielding is free to slide back and forth.

You have to be careful, its very sensitive and you can supposedly harm your transmission if you move it too far out of spec. It should be adjusted so that the transmission throttle lever and the throttle body plates move in unison (within 1mm.) There are posts on this site that discuss this procedure in more detail.

Supposedly the shift points at WOT are computer controlled, so this won't affect those. If it's shifting too early at WOT, maybe the TPS sensor isn't properly reporting WOT to the computer. Also, the 3-4 shift is electronically actuated, so this adjustment won't affect it either.



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4/09/2008
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Or.....you could shift it manually with the shift lever. DDDUHHHHHHHHHHHH!



spkdtch2
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4/09/2008
09:43:58

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mike98, could you send me the link to those procedures? i didnt find any, just people discussing whether or not to do it and what it does, but nothing like a "How To" article





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4/09/2008
09:54:11

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I havent taken a look under a new dakota recently but this isnt possible
"Supposedly the shift points at WOT are computer controlled, so this won't affect those. If it's shifting too early at WOT, maybe the TPS sensor isn't properly reporting WOT to the computer. Also, the 3-4 shift is electronically actuated, so this adjustment won't affect it either."
What your saying suggests its hydraulically controlled and electronically controlled. Its either one or the other not both.





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4/09/2008
09:59:22

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i figured it was one or the other, but oh well

any1 know of a write up? everything i search has a link to how to do it, but literally none of the links people provide are valid for me, for whatever reason, i copy them in2 my url and they all say page not found or error 404, so perhaps the pages have expired, but that leaves me out of luck until some1 can send me a new link hopefully



daddio
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4/09/2008
10:29:55

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spkdtch2, i'll email you the procedure from the FSM.



spkdtch2
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4/09/2008
10:35:33

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i should start paying you daddio, your always there with the answer



spkdtch2
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4/09/2008
10:39:03

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and as a side note, i do know how to do it since i read the manual, but since this is a modification, not a common tune up, they wont tell me how much to adjust it, and as mike98 said"t should be adjusted so that the transmission throttle lever and the throttle body plates move in unison (within 1mm.)" and i want to do just as he said so i dont screw anything up



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4/09/2008
10:39:49

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done!



spkdtch2
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4/09/2008
10:42:07

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hm, nutin yet, but ill keep looking
wuts the FSM?



daddio
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4/09/2008
11:16:40

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FSM= Factory Service Manual



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4/09/2008
11:18:26

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"hm, nutin yet, but ill keep looking"

sometimes hotmail is a little slow. if we could still post html here i could have just posted everything here.



spkdtch2
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4/09/2008
11:27:46

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i got it now, and that would explain why none of the links work on this forum

ill read over it and hope it helps



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4/09/2008
22:41:36

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Yeah I might have been FOS on the "electronic" shifting at WOT vs. TV-cable based shift at partial throttle. I thought I remembered reading that somewhere, sorry. The 3-4 shift is definitely electronic though.

And as far as how to adjust the cable, I couldn't find the link I was thinking of either.

But you can figure it out intuitively, just remember that you want the transmission to "think" that the gas pedal is pushed harder than it really is, so it will shift at higher RPMS. So pull the throttle cable a little bit, and note how far the TV cable is pulled forward. Then, adjust the TV cable shielding so that the TV cable is pulled that far forward at idle. Be careful, it's sensitive, and if you go to far it'll hit the rev limiter before it shifts. Good luck.



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4/10/2008
08:59:47

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thanks, ill run it down my block, if it goes higher than 4-5rpm, ill just stop and adjust it, i just want it around 1000-1500rpm higher, not much



daddio
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4/10/2008
09:24:33

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spkdtch2, did you ever get the email i sent you?



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