Adjusting the Throttle Valve (TV) Cable for a TH200-4R
(From posts made to the Monte Carlo mailing list)
The proper way of adjusting the TV cable is to find where the cable goes
thru the backet that mounts to the intake, just behind the carb. Where
it goes thru, there is a plastic housing that the cable passes thru.
On the top, or inside of it, there is a plastic button that may take
some effort, but is "push-able". Where the cable goes thru the plastic
housing, the inner portion of it is moveable, with small teeth on the
side that the button is on. While pushing the button in, push this inner
portion all the way back towards the transmission. Then get in the
car, and put the gas pedal all the way to the floor once. (This adjustment
should be performed with the vehicle off ;-)
When you floor it, the throttle linkage on the carb pulls the cable
out till it is fully extended. When it gets fully extended it then pulls
the inner portion of the "adjustment housing" with it. This is
the proper setting for a TV cable on a normal, overdrive, transmission.
If the transmission slips with that setting, then you have more problems
beyond the TV cable. If you feel you need to make adjustments, it is
only recommended you adjust it in or out by one or two teeth max.
A good rule of thumb for 200-4r's is to expose about a 1/4
inch of the slide. More than a 1/4 will delay shift points and firm
them a bit. less than a 1/4 will shift early and feel sluggish as the
motor struggles to build rpm. sorta like shifting a stick into O.D. at
30 and trying to accelerate..