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A/t won't shift from 2 to 3 gear, skips to 4.

  1. Hi, I was told that I need a new transmission from various places.
  2. I had it scanned and PO740 and 730 codes popped up.
  3. The car has 228.000 miles 90% all highway commute.
  4. The transmission was serviced once from a vw dealer at 164.000 miles
  5. Is there a way/chart to troubleshoot/diagnose those codes? to make sure that a replacement/rebuilt is required?

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  1. Hi, these cars have a TCM Transmission Control Module its located in the upper valance where the wiper motor is and right next to the cabin filter.
  2. You can try replace the module first since this module controls the shifting of the transmission.
  3. All you have to do is call the dealership and ask them if they can give you the number code on the transmission control module your car came with, your gonna have to give them your vin#
  4. These cars have a Code on the transmission and also the "TCM" Transmission control module these two parts have to match" What the car was programmed with" you can find it on e-bay just like what i did its alot cheaper then trying to take it to a transmission shop..
  5. As for the codes you can try and ask the dealer for that info. I hope this info can help you...

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