Transmission Bowden Shift Control Cable Removal and Replacement - On Demand Video

Specific instructions for 1981 to 1985 Turbo Diesel Automatic Transmissions

The bowden cable runs from the transmission to the throttle linkage on many Mercedes from the early 1980's up through the early mid 1990's. When this cable fails or is out of adjustment the transmission will either shift too early or too late. The other problem is that the o-ring seal between the cable housing and the transmission can become brittle and allow transmission fluid to leak down the right side of the transmission case. Replacement of the cable or removal to replace the o-ring takes a somewhat "tricky" procedure

Transmission Bowden Shift Control Cable Removal and Replacement - On Demand Video

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You will find that you may need “three hands” as well as a special bent pliers to complete this job with the transmission in the car. Kent will show you how to make a "third hand" as well as guide you through the entire process in detail so you can complete this job yourself. He will use a transmission out of the car and on the bench so you can clearly see each step. 

In this video Kent will cover the following:

  • Why you would need to remove a bowden cable
  • Methods of removal that could cause damage
  • Other precautions
  • Special tool preferred
  • Importance of cleaning before removal
  • Procedure for removal
  • How the cable is connected to the transmission
  • How to hold the rod in position for cable attached
  • Close up images of how the cable is connected
  • Step-by-step instructions on reinstalling the bowden cable
  • Best tool to hold pin
  • How to clamp the tool to hold the pin
  • Ways to get the housing to snap into the transmission
  • Use of a hose clamp and special tool to complete the job
  • Bonus section of how easy it is to replace the bowden cable

NOT COVERED: Bowed cable adjustment is not covered in this video. Other transmission adjustments to the modulator and the vacuum shift valve ( VCV ) are also not covered in the video. For instructions on how to adjust the bowden cable and other transmission shift issues please see the related products.

Total run time: 14:00

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