How to Adjust Transmission Bands

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Transmission bands are thin pieces of metal used to allow the action of gear clusters in the transmission. The bands are rough to allow the teeth to grip onto the clusters and enable control. Typically, a standard transmission has two bands: the front for the second gear cluster and the back for the third gear cluster. When one of the bands loosens or slips, you may need to adjust the band. It is not necessary to adjust both at the same time, just the one that is problematic. You may need to adjust the bands every 24 months or 24,000 miles.

Things You'll Need

  • Torque wrench or ratchet with socket set
  • Box wrench
  • WD-40 or other spray lubricant
  • Owner's manual
  • Locate the adjusting mechanisms for the bands on the outside of the transmission.

  • Loosen the locknut with a wrench four or five turns. Use the spray lubricant if necessary.

  • Screw the adjuster in until it's snug, using the torque wrench or a ratchet with an appropriate socket. Consult your owner's manual for specific torque wrench settings.

  • Turn the adjuster screw back four or five times. Consult your owner's manual for the specific adjustment needed.

  • Secure the adjuster screw in place with one wrench while using the other to tighten the locknut back into place.

  • Repeat for the other band if needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Every vehicle will need a different amount of adjustment to its transmission bands, so keep the manual handy for immediate consultation. Adjusting the bands too little will leave the bands loose, while too tight may cause the teeth to wear out.

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