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Tranny? problem

My son stopped to get gas one night, shut his car off and when he got back in the car and took off down the road it wouldn’t shift into third gear and was stuck in second…wouldn’t downshift, and consequently died whenever he slowed down to make a turn or stop at a stop sign. He had to drive so slow as not to red line the engine that it took him about an hour to go nine miles. It had no tranny issues up to this point. If this is a sensor, does the tranny need to be taken out to get to the sensor, as a friend of his told him, or is it a fairly easy fix.

What sensor is his friend talking about?? I’m assuming they scanned the computer to come to the conclusion that a sensor is bad. What trouble codes did they get when they scanned the computer?? In order to give you an accurate answer I need to know what trouble code/s were pulled.Post the code/s and we can go from there.

transman

If the trans was in second you could go up to 50 mph without being close to redlining the motor. Perhaps the gear was 1st gear. The trans went into default mode which allows you to drive the car but there is a problem with the transmission.

Whether this is a small are large problem is yet to be determined. Not much you can do but take it to a transmission shop for an evaluation. Look for a independant shop for a fair opinion. If you go to AAMCO or a similar chain they will likely recommend an expensive overhaul.

His friend did not look at the car, he just said that it sounded like it could be a sensor, but he thought it was quite an involved job to get to the sensor. Like I said there were NO tranny issues up until he shut the car off, fueled the car, got in and drove off. It must have stuck in 1st gear, as he wasn’t able to get the car to go very fast without the tachometer dangerously close to redlining, so he just drove very slow.

Ok, the first thing he needs to do is take it to a local auto parts store which will hook up a code reader to the computer. Most auto parts stores will check codes for free. Have them pull the codes and write down ALL the codes. Post back here with the codes and we can go from there. There are no sensors on this transmission which require removal of the transmission to replace. First things first, get the codes and post back here with all the codes.

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