I am the original owner of a 2002 Santa Fe. Several years ago the transmission seemed to hiccup or down shift at different times. Well just today, in very cold tempatures, I am getting the engine light and now I only have 3rd gear. I've tried manually down or up shifting... nothing. I can't afford a new transmission. Has anyone experienced this problem? Thanks
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Re: HELP!?! I only have 3rd gear.
Looks like there are some transmissions available , what is your zip code and I'll get ya a list of the lowest prices near you for a used trans. I did a search for my area and they are going for like $325 for a trans with 75k on it....
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The big question here is how did it work before it got stuck the transmission I mean .
Did it shift OK before it got stuck if no you have a big problem with your trany .
If it worked good then look at the key switch it locks the shift lever so you can't shift it with your foot on the brake or any linkages connecting to this system its all on the steering collum or a linkage to the transmission
I assume you have check the fluid level to ensure there is enough fluid... If not, do that first. Problems with the transmission not shifting is generally related to fluid pressure not getting where it needs to go when it needs to go there. That could mean low fluid or a bad solenoid in the transmission responsible for controling that gear. If you checked the fluid and it's still not operating correctly, that's beyond our help. Take it to a transmission shop. Good luck.
Most likely the o-ring seal between the torque converter and the transmission is going bad. Get that transmission rebuilt pronto before serious damage is done! But first, have a mechanic drop the transmission pan and look for signs of a very thin silvery film coating the inside of the pan. If found, then the transmission definitely will have to be rebuilt, and the torque converter will also have to be replaced since embedded metallic particles in the old torque converter will eventually come loose, due to wear of the clutch plates within the torque converter, and eat up the rebuilt transmission. Now, here is the deal once the transmission has been rebuilt:
Change the transmission fluid and filter once a year -- no matter what! If you do this, then you should never have any more problems with the transmission.