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post #1 of 2 Old 06-16-2012, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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99 Durango transmission linkage adjustment

I have a 99 Durango that I need to adjust the transmission shift linkage on. I have always had some slop in the linkage (column indicator not aligned with gear vehicle is in) and I recently did some maintenance (replace filter, fluid, pressure sensor/solenoid, adjusted bands etc.) I dropped the valve body to see what condition the bands were in and in doing so I had to remove the shift linkage at the tranny. The transmission shifts fine manually but when I reattached the shift linkage (yes I attached it correctly) my initial indicator alignment issue has worsened. I can shift into park (enough to start vehicle and remove key) but all of the indicators are off a full gear - when in reverse it still indicates park, when in neutral it indicates reverse etc. I am pretty sure all I need to do is to adjust the linkage but for the life of me I cant figure out how to access the adjustment. I believe the adjustment is done in the cable after it leaves the firewall as there is a plastic cover/connector there. I might be losing my mind but I can't figure out how to access the adjustment mechanism inside the cover. I don't want to force anything to the point of something breaking and having to replace the entire linkage cable. Anyone know how to open this cover to access the linkage adjustment?
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Is it just the indicator out of alignment? You don't have the digital PRNDL, you have the mechanical version?

The adjustment is done at the steering column. There is a thumb screw that you can use to make the adjustment.

Sorry, I have a 5 speed so that's as close as I can get you.

This is part of how to reinstall the column from the FSM, it may help:

(7) Install the lower and upper shrouds.
(8) Install the PRNDL cable (column shift vehicles). Place shifter in Park position. If indicator needs
adjusting turn thumb screw on cable retainer to adjust cable.
(9) Install shift cable (column shift vehicles).
(10) Install the tilt lever (if equipped).
(11) Install the knee blocker and steering column
opening cover, refer to Group 8E Instrument Panel
Systems for procedures.
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