I realized previously that I did not actually explain how to unplug
the kick down solenoid. It is behind the pedal and just under the
carpet. The switch for the kick down is the large black button. I had
to lift the carpet up and reach behind it. It was a two prong plug
with a catch on each side you had to squeeze to remove (I think, that
was about a year ago).
You can also try unplugging the throttle position cable. I think it is
located in a different place than mine, but it will also keep you
transmission from shifting into high gear if it is stuck at "full
throttle", except when you reach the red line for 3rd gear. For mine,
this happens around 72-75 mph. Mine would not reach (and probably
still won't) reach 4th if the kick down solenoid is plugged in.
I can't get the switch out. It does look like there is a release
mechanism, but I cannot get it to work. I will give it another
attempt in better light tomorrow, unless you have further suggestions
on how to free it.
Just to be clear. The actual switch is still behind my pedal. I only
unplugged the wire connecting it. I was at a gas station when mine
broke, so I just reached back there are applied some force. Those
connectors are pretty stubborn sometimes, so it may be corroded a
As an alternative, there is a fuse for the kick down, and I think a
separate one for the transmission. You could check those (or one) and
see how they look. If the kick down is fused separately from the
transmission, then you could unplug that one, although I don't know
what other functions it will control.
Good luck. and Merry Christmas.
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