In a message dated 8/3/2005 12:20:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time, “Vasil” firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
When cold the car
wont shift out of 1st.
There are several things that can cause the transmission on your '88 model not to upshift. Perhaps the two most common are (1) sticking kickdown cable, and (2) dirty governor. Since the kickdown cable problem is easy to see & fix, have a look at that first and post back.
If the problem is the kickdown cable, it will actually upshift at around 4200-4500 RPM. The kickdown cable runs from the throttle body, where the throttle cable from the throttle pedal is attached, rearward to the transmission. Over time, this cable can chafe against the firewall and rub a hole in the cable cover, letting water in, and causing rust & corrosion that prevents the inner cable from slipping smoothly in the outer jacket. This causes the cable to “stand open” where it is telling the transmission that you have near WOT (Wide Open Throttle), and so it does NOT upshift until higher RPM’s, as it would if you had WOT.
With the engine off, pull & push the cable to free it up, and/or remove the cable from the throttle attachment and put some light-weight oil on the interior cable, letting it run into the outer cable sheath to assist in lubrication. If that doesn’t fix it, replace the cable.
goes like alittle ol lady on onramps and passing. Same problem? Or
two seperate things going on?
Probably separate problem. If the upshift problem is the kickdown cable or governor, that would NOT affect acceleration when you floor it in 1st gear. If you don’t know when they were changed, I would change the (1) air cleaner element, (2) fuel filter, and (3) spark plugs. These are all relatively simple and cheap to do, and any one of them could cause your problem.
I would suggest you first fix the trans upshift problem (it could cause clutch damage if you delay) and then you can tell more about the performance with normal shifts.
George Balthrop, Clifton, VA USA
85 & 89 XJ-S Coupes; 89 XJ40 VDP
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