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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-02-2004, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Problem with TV Cable I think

When im on the highway...say doing about 55-60 and floor it to pass it kicks down to 3rd but wont switch back to 4th unless I let the gas off..Also shifting seems a bit rough some times in normal driving...

Doing a bit of reading up before posting I read about the Throttle Valve Cable, that if wasnt adjusted correctly that I could have Harsh shifting, soft shifting ect..ect..

Upon inspection of this cable I noticed it wasnt even clamped down on the throttle all the way, I popped it off and noticed the cable was broken(the part that clamps on the throttle just slides back and forth over the cable about 2-3").

Ok, sounds like I may have found the problem

Is that a PITA to fix or piece of cake?
and also....
anything I need to watch out for?, should I stop driving the car untill fixed? and how are they adjusted after being replaced?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-03-2004, 12:58 AM
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Do not drive your car unless the TV cable is fixed!!! I drove home (about 30 miles) with my TV cable disconnected... I didn't realize that it was my TV cable at the time ..... The tranny was toasted. So you willl have to get that fixed before you drive your car anymore. Unless you're like me and want your transmission to die. I needed an excuse to put in manual transmission.... I now have a T5 and I love every minute of it!


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-03-2004, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info..

Is it a PITA to switch out myself?

I do my own tune ups and simple bolt on mods, but messing with the tranny scares me a bit.

Also, how hard was it to install this T5 you were talking about just incase?

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-03-2004, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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ok, now im really confused

I called a friend that manages the parts dept at a local ford dealership. Told her I needed a TV Cable for a 94 tbird lx 4.6 and she told me she would call me back with price. I get a call a 1/2 hour later and shes asking me what type of tranny I have, front or rear wheel # ect..ect. Then she calls back again saying she cannot find this part in her parts database and that she will send one of her mechanics to my office to look at this cable i am talking about.

Anywho. He comes over pops the hood, looks at the cable and says "hey, thats a cruise control cable, not a tv cable, you dont even have a tv cable on this model"

you know, that explains why my cruise control works but will not accelerate.

He suggested coming by the dealership and picking up some ata120 (or something like that) to dump in the tranny that may help with my shifting problems.

Now I noticed the reply I got was from a 5.0 engine owner.

Do 4.6 engines have this cable or not? I am still nervous about driving (although I prob put 500 miles on it with broken cable already).

Please somebody with 94-95 4.6 reply

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94+ MN12's dont have a TV cable, its all done electronically.

Not sure about your tranny problem, can you describe what it's doing a bit more?

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-03-2004, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Glad to hear that I dont have one

anyways, I am having some hard shifts from 1-2 and on upon flooring it going around 55mph it kicked down to 3rd and stayed in third for what seemed to me like too long, I had to let off the gas to get it to shift. This car is new to me so mayby its doing whats it supposed to. I had a 6.6ltr 79' Trans Am about 10 years ago and it was never this rough, but then again that thing was not as fast as this tbird so who knows.

Thanks again for your help
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It should shift into OD at WOT, but it will rev fairly high (if not all the way to redline) before doing it.

Your 1-2 shift being harsh I would suspect is a broken 1-2 accumulator piston spring. It can even be accessed with the valve body in, if I remember correctly. Just drop the pan and remove a snap ring.

I know what cable you're talking about too I'm sure. I think it may go to the charcoal canister, but that's an educated guess of sorts. I know mine goes into the fenderwell near the high current fuse panel.

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