Ok, so your kick-down is working properly.......
the problem lies elsewhere. JSmith has a somewhat similar, but more sever problem (I believe). Maybe he can give you some clues on where to go from here.
How else is the operation of the transmission? If you have it floored into kickdown, will it redline before shifting into the next gear?
Some adjustments probably need to be made.
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