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shift kit installed... now wont go into gear!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jonny-K5, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Jonny-K5

    Jonny-K5 1/2 ton status

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    i just finsished putting the tranny back together, put a gallon of fluid in and went to test it. the truck shifted into Drive quickly.. pulled up 10 feet, went to put it into reverse, nothing. next put it into park. now wont shift into drive anymore. i followed the kit to the letter. tried putting another half gallon, no difference. any ideas?
     
  2. boz42

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    i know this is a dumb question but did u check the fluid level?

    did u take the tranny all the way out or do it in the truck? check the linkage to make sure it did not fall off?
     
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    sounds like your linkage isn't adjusted right, or it's binding on something
     
  4. HarryH3

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    Don't just pour in random amounts of ATF. Look at the stick, while the engine is idling in neutral. Cycle the gear shift slowly through every gear selection (including 2, Low, etc.), so all of the hydraulic circuits are full. Then check the level again with the dipstick. Many times after a tranny has been apart it will keep drinking up the ATF in the pan as it refills all of its internal passages. You have to keep filling and shifting until the stick reads full. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    And don't forget HOT tranny fluid will read as overfull if you top off a "cold" transmission. From my experience, there is quite a bit of expansion of the fluid based on tranny temp.
     
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    ypu only put a gallon in?? most take 6-7 quarts to refill, check the stick and add more fluid as required, and cycle the shifter slowly to fill all circuits.
     
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    i didnt pour ramdom amounts in. instructions said to pour 4 quarts in( one gallon) and start up. then i read on the box it said that most need 6 quarts(gallon and a half).
    i figured out what i did wrong tho, i didnt hook up the manual valve to the linkage inside the pan. works fine now. thanks for the help tho fellas /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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