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Old 02-17-2009
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Transmission Guru's PLEASE READ!

Just got my truck out of shop with a rebuilt transmission.

Everything's cool they installed the shift kit and what not but now they said that my shift cable is bad and needs to be replaced. When I took the truck into the shop the shift cable worked fine... now when I try to move from park to drive or 2nd or neutral even I pretty much have to stand on my shift level just to get it to move to drive... it was fine when I put it in the shop.

My question to you is can the shift cables go bad while a rebuild is going on? Or is this an error on their part with not adjusting it correctly or could they have possible damaged it? It doesn't make any sense to me that the shift cable would all of a sudden not work at all and seem like it's seized up....

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm at my wits end with this damn truck. Bank account is cleared and credit card is maxxed out.
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Take it back and tell them to fix it, or give you back your money.
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Take it back and tell them to fix it, or give you back your money.
I'm going to but I want to confirm with you guys if this is even possible or not.
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I think they damaged it... I'm amost positive it's not something that just goes bad
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Could also be an internal transmission problem
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Well try this. Block the wheels. Disconnect the shift cable from the transmission. Try moving the lever that the cable attaches to. If it's difficult to move, it's 99% internal. If it isn't there is something crazy with the shift cable.
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Earls take on it.

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I know exactly what happened.
The cable attaches to the trans with a lever arm. That lever arm has a nut on the shaft coming out of the transmission. That nut is too tight, but simply loosening it won't work: It has made the DTR bind up.

That nut holds the keyed lever (where the cable connects) which presses onto the DTR (Digital Transmission Range Sensor). Once you remove that nut, walk the lever of by rocking it back and forth (should be easy enough since they just had that off).

Now you can see the DTR. It has been pushed too far onto that shaft, making it bind so wiggle it in the remove direction after you remove its mount bolts (3 IIRC). This is where you can get into trouble: The DTR has to be aligned with Neutral, so you'll have to position the lever in the cab, dont move the cable end, but attach it to the keyed lever and tighten the DTR back down. Obviously, the trans has to be in neutral too, you can feel the detents (use the lever to move it). Then put the lever on permantly, paying attention to how difficult the shifter is to move as you determine how tight to make that nut.

Basically, they have it too tight, making it hard to move the lever. New cable, my ***.
I called the guy back up and was reading him the right act and he stopped me in between and said "I don't want to hear anymore I'll order the cable today and put it in for free tomorrow."

hahaha wow... just wow.
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w.e you got it for free so w.e complaining works most of the time works if you have your facts straight
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Hell yeah!!
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glad you got it replaced for free, he should have fixed it before he gave it back.
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glad you got it replaced for free, he should have fixed it before he gave it back.
I agree.

I know those cables just don't go bad and it was fine when I brought it in. He didn't even want to argue with me.

Thanks again Earl!!!
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