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I have a 99 GMC sierra with a 4.8L 4L60E trans and its not shifting in to 3rd or 4th gear does fine from 1st to 2nd any tips

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THe 4l60 is an electronic produced shift trany, It sounds like the place to start, is to see if you can shift it manually. Starting out in first and work your way up as the vehile speed increases. I have a question for you. Did this problem occur all at once or over time? I would say most common reason is shift solinoid problem, But could be many other reasons like, sticking valve in valvebody, bent or worn linkage, improper fliud pressure to pistons, etc. with your help and imput we can probably narrow the problems solution down.

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  • Brittany miller Jul 04, 2015

    I have a 1992 GMC Sierra 4wd single cab, it will crank up and run but won't shift out of 1st gear. It won't catch 2nd and 3rd gear it only stays in 1st. Meanwhile there is wire harness that has a few wires running all to different spots and the harness is close by behind motor and on the side of it. But one of the wires is not plugged in and it hangs down to closeby top of transmission. Could that be why it's not shifting into 2nd and 3rd?

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SOURCE: Truck is fine in 1st and 2nd, but when it shifts into higher gear engine revs high and just coasts. Suspect 3rd and maybe 4th is shelled out. Any other possibilities?

no sound like 3 and 4 are gone.you will have to replace the tran . good luck

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no power stuck in 3rd gear electric shop unless youve burnt it up good luck...www.TransmissionGarage.com

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It sounds like your torque converter or the pump is broken.

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My GMC has 311632 miles on it. I just changed the 4L60E transmission a few months ago and now it wont shift out of first unless I manually put it in second gear. all the gears from park rev. nuetral works...


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