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Old 05-10-2008, 05:42 PM
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Any Dodge techs here on the board? I'm looking to adjust the transmision bands on my 2004 2500 diesel. Any special tools needed? Any info would greatly be appreciated.


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Granted I am going off from when I did this to my Dakota years ago and I'm going to assume its similar, but I think the main tool you will need is a dial-type torque wrench.

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I have an inch pound dial torque wrench but I also need the procedure on how and what to do.

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I was in the automatic trans business until 1982 and most if not all bands you tighten until tight and back off just enough to give a little play, you want to squeeze the band about 1/8 inch.
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Any Dodge techs here on the board? I'm looking to adjust the transmision bands on my 2004 2500 diesel. Any special tools needed? Any info would greatly be appreciated.


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The front band (2nd gear) which has the adjuster sticking thru the case partway up the side on drivers side-back jam nut off while holding center adjuster from turning,tighten center adjuster (I think its a torq 40) in snug hard (about 7-10 ft lbs) then back it out 2 to 2 1/2 turns,lock down jam nut to about 25-30 ft lbs (in the vehicle I use a typical length box wrench and give it a good pull). The rear band-(reverse), (you have to drop the pan),back jam nut off,tighten the center adjuster (8 mm) to 7-10 ft lbs (hard snug by hand),back off 3 1/2 turns,lock down the jam nut. The procedure is the same for 46re/518 gas transmissions EXCEPT rear band is a single wrap not a double wrap so you only back adjuster off 2 -2 1/2 turns. These adjustments aren't super critical but before you bolt pan back on pull on the rear servo lever and make sure its moving at least 1/4 inch, turn the driveshaft back and forth while watching the second drum and reverse drum to ensure they are rotating without drag,Smitty
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