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Old May 5th, 2009, 12:25 AM
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97 Gas pedal questions

On my 97 auto ST, when I give it full throttle it gets to a certain point on the gas pedal and then it feels like a button is pushed under the pedal just before it hits the floor and it will downshift quickly.

On the 97 auto SW, I can give it full pedal and there is no feeling of anything, it just hits the floor and most of the time does not down shift. Can any other 97 owners let me know if they feel this in the accelerator, and if they have a ST or SW?

I really wish that the SW did this as well. Not sure if something is broken or what.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 12:44 AM
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You need to adjust the transmission kickdown cable and or the throttle cable in the SW.
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Thanks! Any guidance on how to do it?
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I don't think I have mine perfect, but this is what I was told to do. Please let me know if this is incorrect.

If you look at where the throttle cable connects to the intake area, you'll see a second cable that should run down to the transmission. That's the kickdown cable. When you depress the gas pedal a certain amount that cable starts to pull on the transmission to tell it you want to get up and go and it downshifts (instead of electronically like newer vehicles).

The proper adjustment afaik is to loosen the adjuster and manually pull on the cable and release. You should hear it click at the transmission at the end of the travel when you release (no slack position). If you don't hear it click then it's too tight. Loosen until you hear the click and then tighten to the point when you don't hear the click ans that is supposed to be set correctly.

In your case it sounds like it needs tightening but I'd at least test if you can hear the click when you start, and count the turns you make as you adjust it, so you can back out of it if you don't like it.

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