Originally Posted by Steffenaj14
also just found out that the transmission pan is leaking tranny fluid. the pan itself looks like its in rough condition by the outside. maybe a gasket and seal kit would fix that issue.
also what engine oil do you all suggest?
ramvan2500 as far as what you said about the kickdown band.. will you help me out with that. where is it located and how do i adjust it? what does it do?
The pans actually tend to leak because the bell housing is aluminum and with the heat the bolts seem to loosen them selves. Anyway's get a filter kit they come with the pan gasket so 2 in 1. Advanced auto has one for 5.99 Pro-King brand part number FK-119. I replaced my filter and gasket after rear band adjustment.
I doubt that replacing the pan gasket and topping off the fluid is going to help but many problems can trace to fluid level.
I have always used Valvoline, though I have tried others and even tried the different types of Valvoline oils. I use Valvoline for everything, axle, transmission, brakes, the works. It's been around for a long time and works great!
The kickdown band is a flexible metal band lined with friction material, the band is wrapped around a drum known as the front drum which houses frictions and steels which make up the front clutch. The purpose of this band is to hold the front drum in place during 2nd gear operation. If the front drum also known as the direct drum is help in place it also holds the sun shell in place because the front drum is interconnected to the sun shell, the sun shell houses the sun gear which is also interlocked to the shell. The sun gear is then placed into the rear planet and the front planet is placed onto the front of the sun gear. Now, if the front band is applied it will stop the front drum from spinning which would also stop the sun shell from spinning and the sun gear would then be stationary, this would have an effect on the gear ratio. How it has an effect is based on the principles of the planetary gear, if you have a certain part of the gear held stationary you can make the output spin in a different direction as the input thus reverse gear, you also can have the output speed be either faster or slower then the input speed.
The whole purpose of the kickdown is really so you can have a 2nd gear. The kickdown though is also for acceleration purposes. If you floor it while in 3rd gear for example you would put less strain on the engine if the transmission kicks down to 2nd gear then if you stayed in 3rd gear.
Now for adjustment. Bare with me!
Ok the adjusting nut is located on the driver side of the transmission. When looking at the driver side of the transmission you are going to see a cluster of shift linkage and then behind that linkage above the transmission cooler line output you will see a stud that will have either a square head or a torx head, and their will be a regular nut that is screwed onto it.
What you need to do is loosen that nut I believe a 3/4" Socket is the size. Once that is loosened then you can tighten the adjusting stud by turning it clockwise. Using a inch lb torque wrench torque that stud to 72 inch lbs exactly. Then turn the stud counterclockwise exactly 3 and 1/4 rotations. Then holding the stud finger tighten the nut. Then take your 3/4" socket and torque the locknut to 25 ft/lbs. If you don't have a torque wrench for the locknut then just tighten it wrist tight with a little extra force, tighten it to you can tighten it much but be careful.
You would normally back the stud 2 and 7/8 turns however when you go to tighten the locknut the stud will move with the nut and have an effect on the adjustment of the band.
That's it kickdown band all adjusted. You need to adjust the band every 20K miles if you tow with the vehicle, if you are a casual driver then you only need to adjust the band every 35-50 K miles depends on how you drive. The rear band doesn't need to be adjusted often because you use your drive range alot more often then you do reverse or manual 1st gear.
To adjust the rear band it's the same procedure except you band the adjustment stud 2 turn instead of 3 1/4. To adjust this band move over to the passenger side of the transmission and remove the fluid pan, then on look for an arm with a stud and locknut. And goes without saying now.