If you can't feel the wire moving, put a "flag" of tape on it and a marking of tape on the frame to see how far it has moved. Once you're certain that the cable is being moved appropriately by the shifter, inspect the cable/housing run. Is there any corrosion or oxidation on the housing? Are there any broken or loose wires? Try cleaning the area with anti-oxidant spray or oil.
Also check the floorboards under the car for damage. If they are old and rickety, this could be why you aren't able to feel the cable when shifting gears. Replacing these will help ensure your safety when driving down the road.
Last but not least, make sure the transmission fluid is at the proper temperature. Transmission fluids get cold during winter months so make sure you bring your vehicle in for an inspection of the transmission fluid when it needs to be changed. Transmissions like to operate at about 185 degrees F so making sure you don't have any issues cooling the fluid helps prevent failure of the transmission.
These are just some things to think about if your cable isn't feeling like it's moving through its range properly. Contact your local auto repair shop today to schedule an appointment for a thorough inspection of your vehicle's transmission system.
Examine the shift cable at the point where it connects to the transmission shifter arm. Using your wrenches, tighten or loosen the cable until it forces the shifter on the engine block into neutral as well. Then, to prevent the cable sleeve from sliding in the future, tighten the locking screws. This should hold the cable in place.
If you have more than one gear, each with its own shift cable, you will need to adjust them all. First, remove the transmission case by pulling it toward you. Next, remove the three Phillips head bolts that attach the transmission to the case. Finally, lift the transmission out of the case.
Each shift cable has two parts: a drive side and a idler side. The drive side goes to the transmission input shaft while the idler side is stationary. To make sure both sides are tight, use a 1-1/4" wrench on the input side and a 3/8" wrench on the output side.
To adjust the cables, start with the drive side. Move the cable toward or away from the transmission input shaft until the vehicle shifts into the desired gear. Repeat with the idler side and the transmission will be set up correctly.
After tightening the locking screws on the transmission case, put it back together and test drive the car to make sure everything is working properly.
Symptoms of a Failing or Damaged Kickdown Cable
In the transat idle, the cable should be taut enough that the lever touches the TV plunger. When you tug on the cable when it is unhooked, you may feel it. This is acceptable.
When you hook the cable to the receptacle, make sure there are no kinks or twists in it. The more smoothly the cable runs, the less likely you will have problems with it at a later time.
If the cable is too loose, it will become undone over time due to the movement of the boat. This can lead to cables getting tangled or wrapped around equipment causing faults or disconnections.
TV cable should never be so tight that you cannot pull it through the conduit. If it is, then either the cable itself is defective or there is a problem with your installation process.
Loose wiring can also cause problems if it gets wet. Make sure all the wiring inside the conduit is completely dry before you connect it up to anything important.
Transformer voltage ratings depend on how much power you need and where you plan to plug in your device. Transforms lower than required waste energy, while transforms higher than needed result in reduced performance and increased heating. Your TV has its own transformer for its internal electronics, which should not be exceeded by any means.
If you really want to pull the wires through without having to open up the wall (which is probably what you'll have to do in the end), try this: grab some thick wire-pulling twine and knot it to the end of your existing cable. Then, as you take the old cable out, pull the twine along with it to replace it. When you get to the new box, tie the other end of the twine to it and leave it that way until you're done pulling all the cables out.
This method works best if all the wires in the old cable are still intact. If one or more of the wires is broken, then you will need to either replace the entire cable or just the damaged part of it. Either way, pulling the cable through the wall will be difficult because there's no way to tie off the end inside the house.
You should also consider how you intend to re-enter the wall when using this method. If you plan to simply push the cable back through, you will need a plug at the end of it for this purpose. Otherwise, someone could walk by the wall and get shocked by a loose wire.
In conclusion, using this method will most likely result in you having to open up the wall later on. But at least you gave it a try!