Quelques Bulletins Techniques de la société ATC faisant partie du Groupe AXIOM (Fabricant Distributeur de pièces détachées pour boites de vitesses)

Ils fabirquent et distribuent de quelques upgrades pour notre Chrysler A-604

AXIOM # Part Name Description


Shift Kit

Heavy Duty and Normal Use. 1989-UP (TransGo) Contains accumulator, valve body and case parts. Also covers A-606.


Planetary Upgrade Kit

Overdrive Clutch Hub with Heavy Duty Shaft, Front Sun Gear and Planetary. ( Upgrades 1989 - 95) Also covers A-606.


Boost Valve

Bushing / Sleeve. This sleeve is hardened and resists wear that causes converter failure.


Valve Kit - Switch Valve and Regulator Sleeve

Includes a new switch valve to control the flow entering the converter, and regulator bias valve to prevent the pressure spike. This eliminates lockup piston deflection caused by excessive apply pressure.


Differential Pinion Shaft and Retainer Kit

Case Saver - Kit eliminates the cross shaft pin from being dislocated from the final drive, causing case damage and possibly sending the vehicle out of control.



Solenoid Block. 1999-up. Will also retrofit all earlier models. Must follow instructions in box. Retrofit is offered because early A-604 solenoids created undesirable noise during operation.


Un lien intéressant pour connaître le type de boite de vitesse selon la marque et le modèle de véhicule :







Harsh 1-2 Shift


A complaint of a harsh 1-2 shift only when the transaxle is hot is most likely caused by worn pressure regulator bushing. When the bushing is worn, the transaxle may have normal 1-2 shift feel and pressure at lower operating temperatures. When hot, the 1-2 shift will be very harsh and pressure will be substantially higher than during cold operation.

The most effective and practical repair is to replace the bushing with a new one. Transco® has replacement bushings available that also feature design changes that prevent high pressure complaints resulting from potential mislocation problems which occur within the valve body.

Tansco® Replacement Bushing           Part #604-BSH

Bulletin: #103
Date: 8-95

Chrysler A-604 (41TE/42LE)

Drive Engagement Delay or Shudder

A common complaint on an A-604 (41TE) or 42LE is a drive engagement delay or shudder.

One cause may be wear of the pump stator ring groove closest to the bushing surface. Typically this ring groove is step worn and usually occurs at higher mileage. A new ring installed into a worn groove may have normal side clearance when installed, but will wear very rapidly into the stepped wear pattern of the ring groove.

Be sure to inspect the ring groove for wear very closely during overhaul.


Chrysler A-604 (41TE/42LE)

EMCC Reset

Many 92 and later 41TE and 42LE’s use a converter clutch control system known as Electronically Modulated Converter Clutch (EMCC). This control strategy allows partial lock-up of the converter clutch. (In other words, it allows a certain amount of controlled TCC slip under some conditions.)

To promote quality TCC engagements and converter clutch durability, a special "break-in" strategy is programmed into the Transmission Control Unit (TCU). When activated, this special break-in strategy will be employed to gently and gradually allow EMCC to function.

It is necessary to use a scan tool to reset the EMCC "Break-in" strategy. Depending on the brand of scan tool used, access to EMCC reset may be under Menu’s such as "Special Tests", Functional Tests" or equivalent.

Bulletin: #140
Date: 6-96


Engine Won’t Start

An after overhaul complaint of "engine won’t start" may be caused by incorrect adjustment of the flywheel trigger mounted on the bellhousing on 3.3 & 3.8 litre engine applications. Improper adjustment of the trigger has also been known to cause intermittent no start complaints (or may cause the engine to quit running at times), especially when either very cold or hot.

When properly adjusted there should be a .030"-.035" air gap between the end of the trigger and the flywheel. Chrysler has available a paper disc which is sticky on one side (#5252229). You simply stick the disc to one end of the sensor, slide it inward until it touches the flywheel and tighten the bolt. It is acceptable to use cardboard which is .030"-.035" thick, cut out a small circle and stick it to the sensor with a small amount of grease.

Be sure that when you set the trigger depth, that the flywheel is positioned so that a "solid" portion is lined up with the trigger hole and not an "open" section (window).




Chrysler 41TE (A-604)

New Low/Reverse & 2/4 Piston Seals

There are new design low/reverse and 2/4 piston seals available for 41TE’s (A-604). The new seals, (both inner and outer) are D-rings instead of the previous lip type seals.

The new design seals provide much better sealing than the previous design seals.

The new seals will install in place of the lip seals without any other modifications or parts.

The most noticeable improvement with the new L & R seals is a quicker and more positive coasting downshift to first, both hot and cold.

The new 2/4 seals will help reduce 1-2 chatter/shudder complaints when cold.


The new D-rings will install with no other parts changes

Chrysler A-604 (41TE)/42LE

Limp Mode—Codes 36, 39, 51 and/or 53

A complaint of intermittent limp mode on the models listed above may be caused by a worn Underdrive piston and/or inner seal. When the Underdrive piston/seal is worn the unit will go into limp-mode and likely set one or more of the codes listed above. The most common time for this to occur is during a 4-3 coastdown (between 20-27 MPH) after driving in 4th gear for some distance (3 miles or more). At times, a complaint of either no Drive engagement in any forward gear, or a long shuddering engagement may also occur.

The most permanent cure available for this condition at this time is a new design Underdrive piston seal. This seal consists of a wire expander ring and a specially made Scarf-Cut Teflon sealing ring. This new design seal will not fail to seal during a hot 4-3 coastdown or during a cold drive engagement.

This new design seal in only available as part of a TransGo® A-604 Shift Kit®.

The new design seal is now being included in all TransGo® A-604 Shift Kits® produced as of August ‘96.



Noise on Upshift

A metallic scraping noise on high throttle upshifts is commonly heard on many vehicles with A-604(41TE) transaxles. The noise is usually most noticeable on all upshifts after kickdown.

This noise is commonly coming from the A/C compressor clutch. During kickdown the A/C compressor is turned off to improve acceleration. At the same time the transaxle upshifts into the next highest gear the A/C compressor is turned back on. When the compressor engages at these higher engine speeds it is common for the compressor clutch to emit a metallic scraping or "clack" noise. This noise is sometimes mistaken for a transaxle noise since it happens so consistently with the upshift.

To verify the noise is coming from the A/C compressor, road test the vehicle with all the A/c controls turned




No 3-4 Upshift

A complaint of no 3-4 upshift, or intermittent no 3-4 upshift may occur after the Transaxle control Unit (Computer) is replaced or reprogrammed. One cause of this complaint is that the new controller (or strategy) may not be 100% compatible with the vehicle wiring. To verify this suspect problem, road test the vehicle at 50 MPH and notice if the transaxle shifts into and out of 4th gear every time the brake is depressed and released. If so locate Wire #49 in the 60-Way transaxle Control Unit connector. Cut wire #49 about 2" from the plug. Tape the cut ends to the harness. Normal 4th gear operation should be restored.

Note: This is a normal Chrysler Service procedure and no side effects will occur due to this modification of Wire #49.




Incorrect Output Sensor Readings

A complaint of intermittent harsh 1-2 or 2-1 low speed shifts may occur on some vehicles equipped with A-604/41TE transaxles. When observing the output RPM reading on a scan tool it may jump around erratically or even show some value with the vehicle standing still. Some vehicles with digital speedometer may show some MPH even when standing still and the output RPM reading may increase when engine RPM increases. This can occur even with a good sensor and connection.

One likely cause for this condition is interference induced into the sensor wires from the spark plug wires. On some models the transaxle computer harness is routed very close to the spark plug leads. As the plug wires age they may lose some of their insulating qualities, resulting in this condition.

Separate the plug wires and computer harness wires from each other by at least 1 inch. Use tie straps to secure the wires in position.