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Automatic Transmission Kickdown Cable

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The kickdown, otherwise known as forced downshift, allows for rapid acceleration by simply pressing down hard on your accelerator pedal. If the Automatic Transmission Kickdown Cable is damaged or won't function, then you won't be able to take advantage of this particular feature because the car won't be able to engage the lower gear that's responsible for giving that acceleration boost. Better replace the failed cable with a new Automatic Transmission Kickdown Cable as soon as you can. Once you have a new kickdown cable in place, you'll be able to have reliable performance when passing or climbing hills. Replacement options are usually covered by warranties good for 12,000 miles or 12 months, so you're protected against premature failure. To get a new Automatic Transmission Kickdown Cable, all you have to do is search for one using our online catalog. You can filter through your search by indicating your vehicle details, so you'll find parts that are compatible with your ride. Don't hesitate if you feel shackled by budget constraints because Auto Parts Warehouse guarantees that you'll get the best deals on the Web. On top of our low prices, we also offer to match our competitors' prices if you can find one that offers your desired product at a cheaper price. So buy from us now!

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Tips on Buying Automatic Transmission Kickdown Cables

The kickdown cable is one of the essential parts of your car's transmission system and should be replaced immediately once it gets frayed or damaged. Here are some tips to consider when buying a kickdown cable for your vehicle:

Getting the right length

It is very important that the automatic transmission kickdown cable matches the exact specifications of your car's transmission. This is because the kickdown cable has to be set at a certain length between the butterfly arm of the carburetor (or throttle body for engines with fuel injection) and the transmission with just a slight amount of play for final adjustment. If the cable is too slack, the transmission will take more time to shift into the next gear. But if the cable is too tight, the kick down may happen too early, leading to loss of power as well as potential damage to the engine and transmission components. You can usually find information regarding the ideal length of the kickdown cable in your car's owner's manual, although you can also use the old kickdown cable as reference (provided of course that it is still in one piece)

OEM versus performance aftermarket cables

When it comes to replacement automatic transmission kickdown cables, most dealerships would recommend original equipment manufacturer cables or OEM. OEM parts are made exactly to the specifications of the car manufacturer, so with an OEM cable, you can expect it to perform the same as with the factory cable you have to replace. Performance aftermarket cables, on the other hand, are not sourced from the car manufacturer and are advertised to be better than the original. Some performance kickdown cables on the market, for example, are made from spread bore braided stainless-steel and covered with an extruded liner to extend their lifespan, as well as aluminum fittings and ferrule to prevent the cable ends from getting frayed. These aftermarket cables are also designed to work in tandem with the aftermarket transmission components from the same brand. However, because they are not sourced from the manufacturer, these performance cables are not guaranteed to work as well as, let alone better than, OEM kickdown cables.

If you are looking for additional performance or are planning to replace your transmission components with aftermarket parts, an aftermarket kickdown cable would be a suitable option. However, if you want the assurance that the kickdown cable will perform as it is intended in your car, an OEM cable would be a better choice.

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How to Install a New Automatic Transmission Kickdown Cable

You're driving down the highway and you start feeling like your car is running a bit sluggish. You decided to go faster and pressed down hard on your accelerator pedal. You noticed that there was a delayed reaction to the acceleration. What exactly happened? Well, your car can't give you the boost you need due to a faulty automatic transmission kickdown cable. If you don't want to get left behind and literally get kicked down on the road, replace your automatic's transmission kickdown cable with this easy-to-follow guide.

Difficult level: Moderate to difficult

Tools you'll need:

  • Combination pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • New automatic transmission kickdown cable

Step 1: Park your car in a secure or level area to prepare it for installation. Turn off the engine and let it cool down.

Step 2: Once your engine has cooled off, open your hood and disconnect the negative cable from your battery's terminal. You should also set the emergency break of your car as an added precaution.

Step 3: Remove your engine's air filter from the carburetor. Using your hand, turn the wing-nut found at the top of the filter counterclockwise. Pull the air filter assembly away from the hood to remove it.

Step 4: Locate the throttle lever that is situated on the right side of your engine compartment. It should be attached to your carburetor by two cables. The upper cable is the throttle cable, while the lower one is the automatic transmission kickdown cable.

Step 5: Now that you've found the kickdown cable, unbolt the lock-nut that secures the cable with the use of an adjustable wrench. Two to three turns in a counterclockwise direction should get the nut off the cable.

Step 6: You should also remove the bracket that holds the kickdown cable to fully release it. Using a pair of pliers, loosen the steel shoulder and slide cable off it. This will disconnect your kickdown cable from the valve.

Step 7: Follow steps 4 and 5 in reverse order to install the new automatic transmission kickdown cable.

Step 8: Reconnect the negative cable to your battery and close the hood of your car. Now that you've installed a new kick down cable, take your car for a spin to test-drive the new part.

*If you feel like your car's accelerator pedal is too firm or loose, simply tighten or loosen the steel shoulder of the cable (the one found in step 7).