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Just learned something new on the 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 (5.9L V8 Gasser). I've always had a weird shift pattern where the trans would kick out of 4th and into 3rd hold for a long time and then shift up if you let the throttle out to near idle. Finally got off my rear and desided to look into this weird issue. So I started with the kickdown linkage. When I read up on the linkage adjustment it sohlud move together. I figure I better check the lever on the transmission. Guess what I found a spring hanging in the hole of the arm and the lever wasn't returning all the way back because said spring wasn't hooked up. :duh:So Hooked up the spring and re-adjusted the cable and shift issues are gone. It shifts really good... Not to hard and not to mushy... :thumbup2:

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After driving to McCall, ID to take care a few things I relized the transmission shifts much more milder and hold the gear much longer before kicking down ro gear changing. Really a pleasure to drive now and I wonder if the MPG's are rising a bit from it... :shrug:

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