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How Long Does a Kickdown Cable Last?

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In order for a car to run smoothly, the engine and the transmission will have to work together. With all of the different components in the engine and transmission of a car, keeping up with them all can be a bit of a daunting task. The kickdown cable that is on a car helps to change the gears of the transmission when the engine revs higher. Without this cable working the way it is supposed to, it will be nearly impossible to get the transmission in a higher gear. Every time you push your throttle to accelerate, the kickdown cable will have to do its job in order for the car to run smoothly.

The kickdown cable is built to last as long as the car it is on does, but this is not the case in some instances. Over time, the kickdown cable on the car may become a bit stretched and will allow a lot of slack, which can be very problematic. The job that the kickdown cable does is very specific and without it you will not be able to accelerate as intended. If the time comes and you have to get the kickdown cable replaced, you will have to get the right professionals to help.

Usually, this part of the car will not be checked on a regular basis. This means that the only interaction that you will probably have with this cable is when there are repair issues. Due to the complexity that is involved in taking off and reinstalling this part, it is best for you to find a professional to assist you to make sure the job is done the right way.

The following are a few of the things that you will notice when it is time to have your kickdown cable replaced:

  • The car is shifting very slowly
  • The car is shifting to rapidly and jumping gears
  • Unable to drive car due to transmission not shifting

Failing to act when these signs are noticed can cause a lot of damage to your car. Letting a professional do this work will allow you to get your car back on the road in no time at all.

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