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My 94 wagon has started to have some really weird transmission issues. The biggest issue is that when I slow down and turn a corner and then hit the gas again, there is about 3 seconds where it doesn't downshift and then it does and it's VERY hard. The upshifts are also slammy. The fluid is clean, new, and a deep red color. I have heard that if the kickdown cable is not adjusted properly, it will cause delayed downshifts and poor upshifts. Is there a way to adjust the cable?
 

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The kick down cable may be your problem. Try adjusting it so that the spring is more compressed for a softer, smoother shift. A few years ago I put a used motor in my escort due to the original being K.I.A. After the swap was done and I took it for a ride, I had the same problem and a friend told me about the kick down cable so I adjusted it up and its nice and smooth now.
 

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Are you referring to the spring at the top of the cable near the throttle? Do I just loosen the one bolt and move the cable a little bit to adjust it?
 

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I figured out part of the shifting problem. The kickdown cable, as it goes down under the intake towards the transmission, was able to just flop around. This was causing the cable to shorten/lengthen slightly as I was driving. I got some zip ties and secured it at 3 places so the cable can't flop around at all while I drive. I took it out for a spin and it did shift better. Not perfect, but better. There is a tiny, tiny, amount of slack in the cable at the throttle body connection. Should it be tight or is a tiny amount of slack ok?
 

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I'm not sure about the slack but yea just loosen the one bolt and slid the assembly towards the driver side of the car (so that the spring is more compressed). It will be the spring on the cable that goes from the throttle body to the trans. You can do a little at a time and keep test driving it or just push it over a bunch, test it and call it a day.
 
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