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AOD TV CABLE ADJUSTMENT
Submitted by FLA-LSCSE / 08-14-05


Introduction


The AOD transmission (in almost all Lincolns from the 1980s) may feel like it is shifting at the right time when the TV cable is actually way off! The transmission will work for a while and then FAIL! Because of this it is critical that you learn to set the TV properly.

 

Directions for Block Type Cable:
  1. Pull/push TV cable and block assembly out of throttle arm rubber grommet.
  2. Have someone floor the accelerator pedal from inside the car. While the pedal is floored, push on the throttle body arm to make sure it's bottomed (wide open) against its stop. (Adjust throttle cable, if necessary.)
  3. Push the locking tab up through the adjustment block, with a pocket screwdriver, so that the locking tab is standing up next to clevis pin as shown in the picture.
  4. While someone is holding the throttle pedal floored: Pull the cable rail HARD towards the end of the cable with one hand, at the same time engage the clevis firmly into the throttle arm grommet. Engaging the clevis automatically locks the tab by pushing it into the block.
  5. Pull the block adjustment assembly out of the grommet: Make a mark, on the rail, with a hacksaw blade or knife up against adjustment block. This is the MAX TV mark.
  6. Make another mark 5/16" from the max mark out on the rail. (Use a 5/16 pan bolt for a gauge.) This is MIN TV mark.
  7. Make another mark midway between MAX mark and MIN mark. This mark is average or MID-mark.
  8. Unlock the adjustment tab. Set on MID-mark and lock tab. (Push it down into block.) Install into throttle arm grommet and road test.
Road Test

In manual "3", you must have 3-2 kick-down at 50 mph (passenger cars)

Test Notes:

For Carburetor and CFI fuel injection models: Seems to work best with setting between MIN and MID.

For SEFI Port Fuel Injection models: Start with a setting just under MID.

For SEFI High Output (5.0HO) port injection models: Start with setting just a hair over MID.
Directions for Lift Tab Type Cable:
  1. Lift tab up to unlock adjustment assembly.
  2. Have someone floor the accelerator pedal from inside the vehicle. While the pedal is floored, push on the throttle body arm to make sure it's bottomed against its stop (wide open). Adjust throttle cable, if necessary.
  3. While the throttle is floor-boarded, lock the tab on TV adjuster.
  4. Make scratch with hacksaw blade or knife up tight against the adjustment assembly. This is the MAXTV mark.
  5. Unlock the tab and slide housing towards bare cable 5~s" and lock tab. You can use a 5/16" bolt as a gauge. Make another mark up tight against adjustment assembly. This is the MIN TV mark.
  6. Make another mark midway between MAX and MIN. This is MID-mark.
  7. Adjust to MID-mark CI and road test.
Road Test

In manual "3" it must have 3-2 kick-down at 50 mph (passenger cars).

Test Notes:

For Carburetor and CFI fuel injection models: Seems to work best with setting between MIN and MID.

For SEFI Port Fuel Injection models: Start with a setting just under MID.

For SEFI High Output (5.0HO) port injection models: Start with setting just a hair over MID.

NOTE: Adding TV to attempt to correct pinging, chugging or lugging won't work. It just causes thumps, bumps and extra wear. Set the TV so that the shifts are smooth and not late.

Directions for Rod Type TV Adjustment (older models)
  1. Remove the air cleaner. Have someone floor the gas pedal from inside the car while you bend the THROTTLE cable bracket until the butterfly arm bottoms solidly on it's stop.
  2. Turn the adjustment screw IN until 13 threads are sticking out the front of the adjuster arm. (Approx. 7/16")
  3. Start the engine with the AIR OFF and leave it OFF.
  4. While the engine is idling, loosen the adjustment bolt on the arm on the side of the transmission with a 13mm socket one full turn. Push the arm up (towards the top of the vehicle) and gently tighten the bolt.
  5. Now go back to the top adjustment and back off 13 turns.
  6. Now ROAD TEST. Place the selector in the '3' position and cruise at 45 mph. Floor the throttle, you will have no 3-2 kickdown. Turn the adjuster screw in exactly one turn at a time until you have kickdown at 45 mph. Then, turn the screw in 3 more turns. You will be in the middle of the TV adjustment.
  7. Now ROAD TEST for shift feel and timing. You can adjust in or out up to 2 turns to improve shift quality.
  8. Replace the air cleaner.


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