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Put a 1996 4l60e into 97 truck.goes strait to 3rd gear unless man shift.no 4th

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The transmission in this truck is electronically controlled through shift solenoids,it also has a number of sensors that the computer control module uses to determine proper times to shift and what is the appropriate gear, so you must have the computer scanned to see if any fault codes related to the transmission are in memory

Posted on Feb 09, 2012

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SOURCE: 4L60E Shifts fine in 1st, 2nd, & 3rd but will not shift into OD

The EMC detected and problem so it's in limp mode, As long as it's in limp mode the 4th and OD will not activate. Take care not to burn up the transmission by running it hard while your in the limp mode.
Your going to have to get the truck scanned to clear any codes and why there are DTC codes. Auto Zone scan for free and most auto shops charge $10.00 to $20.00 to scan sine they want the business.
If you want to clear the codes your self you can put the ignition to the run position and pull the ECM (Batt) fuse out for 20 sec and place it back in then start the truck. It may stall but let it, just start it again and this would have cleared all the DTC code history.
The transmission should be running fine unless there is a problem and the service engine light will be on again and you'll be in limp mode still with an updated DTC in the ECM.
Good luck and hope this helps.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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SOURCE: 1996 Z28 camaro

sounds like transmission shift solenoid also make sure ur plugs and wires are good or u can get a similiar prob

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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SOURCE: 4L60E Shifts fine in 1st, 2nd, & 3rd but will not shift into OD

check fluid conditon and level, may be a faulty soleniod

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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SOURCE: 4l60e slips in 3rd and 4th

There are to many things that can cause this problem, best thing to is go get the ECM scanned for DTC codes at a transmission shop or Auto zone or Parts Source since they scan for free.
The ECM should have DTC code in it's memory on how the transmission is Performing and have the Transmission line tested for Fluid pressure.
Good luck and hope this helps. Oh and also ways check with more then on transmission shop if there tell you that you need a new Transmission,
It could be a simple as the transmission filter falling off causing the lost of transmission fluid pressure. Check the transmission fluid too.

Posted on May 07, 2009

polarcycle
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SOURCE: 4L60E won't shift to 3rd on 1993 Chevy Blazer 1500

Sounds like you have a bad shift solenoid. Not sure if the Chevys are a solenoid pack, or seperate, but it will need to be replaced.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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