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How do I adjust the transmission band(s)on a 3 speed 1996 Dodge Neon?

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How do I adjust the transmission band(s)
on a 3 speed 1996 Dodge Neon?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  brownjeff replied 6 years ago.

The kickdown band adjusting screw is located on left side (top front) of the transaxle case.

  1. Loosen locknut and back-off nut approximately five turns. Test adjusting screw for free turning in the transaxle case.
  2. Using wrench, tighten adjusting screw to 8 Nm (72 inch lbs.) .
  3. Back-off adjusting screw 2 1/4 turns . Hold adjusting screw in this position and tighten locknut to 47 Nm (35 ft. lbs.)

To adjust low/reverse band, proceed as follows:

  1. Loosen and back off locknut approximately five turns.
  2. Using an inch-pound torque wrench, tighten adjusting screw to 5 Nm (41 inch lbs.) true torque.
  3. Back-off adjusting screw 3 1/2 turns .
  4. Tighten locknut to 14 Nm (10 ft. lbs.) .
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

I have been unable to find the kickdown band adjusting screw. Is the head like

a phillips screw?


Where is the Low/reverse band located?


Roger B.

Expert:  brownjeff replied 6 years ago.
Don't have a good picture but this is what they look like.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

To Jeff,


I assume number 5 and number 8 are the adjusters?


Is #8 external on the case? I may have found #5.


Would I have to remover the battery and battery case


to get at #8?


if I think it is where I think it is, it looks like that is


what I would have to do.


Roger B.

Expert:  brownjeff replied 6 years ago.



Here are a couple pics I found
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Thanks Jeff,


This should be my last reply before paying you.


It does look like I will have to remove the battery and case right?


If I don't have an inch pound torque wrench, do you have a guess


as too how many turns I should tighten each one?


Roger B.

Expert:  brownjeff replied 6 years ago.
You will have to use a torque wrench as there is no way to guess on the amount to turn it. If you don't have one a parts store will rent one.
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