Question about 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora

Open Question

Transmisssion won't shift into 2nd or 3rd

When driving the 1998 Olds Aurora, the first shift is fine, after that, it does not want to shift into 2nd or 3rd. The RPMS go up and the engine revs, but the shift never comes. It seems to happen after the car has warmed up for awhile. You may drive for about 5 minutes and everything is OK, then it will act up. Once it acts up, leaving from a stop, the transmission seems to take a few seconds to "engage" Meaning, I hit the gas, and it acts like it is in nuetral. Then it goes, but will not shift after the initial shift (at like 10 mph) Also seems like once it "will not shift" that it does the same thing going into reverse (transmission does not engage for a few seconds) Is this a transmission issue, or a module issue,or something else. Had the transmission fluid changed with no better results

Posted by on


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 1263 Answers

SOURCE: Transmission slipping

there are several issues that need to be addressed. I imagine that the trans oil and filter have not been changed in a while so that is a first step in fixing the problem. trans oil and filter should be changed every 50,000 miles for atf oil and 75,000 for synthetic oil. old trans oil and clogged filters are #1 reason for trans slippage. another reason is the trans controle cable is out of adjustment and there fore the trans doesn't shift like it should this is something that needs to be looked at by a mechanic. third possibilty is either the check valves inside the trans valve body are gummed up or you have a failing torque converter. try and get that oil and filter changed and see if this helps solve it if not than you need to takeit to a shop and have the trans rebuilt.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

  • 1118 Answers

SOURCE: car won't go over 45 mph

does it have a cadalitic converter on the exhaust? if it does could be pluged up and restricting exhaust flow. dosent sound like anything is wrong with transmission. if its got a fuel filter chg. that could be pluged. also chk. vacume advance on distributor might have seazed up and will not advance spark. timming chain maybe? the car is almost 30 years old could be any one of thies i mentoned or all of them.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

GM Elec
  • 1000 Answers

SOURCE: Transmission wont engage or disengages

Per your description, it sounds like you have a forward clutch assembly that is failing.
Has the transmission been serviced, filter and fluid exchange?
Is this a very "high milage" car?
Let me know.

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

  • 634 Answers

SOURCE: 95 aurora wont start

did check engine light come on? if so have codes checked there are many things that could cause this issue, cam sensor, could be one issue

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: Automatic car won't shift from 2nd to 3rd, it just revs up

transmissions will not shift into overdrive, all other gears shift fine

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have a 96 aurora and every time i drive it wont shift in to 3rd gear

It just won't shift to 3rd or shifts into neutral after 2nd? The 4t80E transmission is known for breaking the bracket that holds the shift solenoids.

Sep 25, 2010 | Oldsmobile Aurora Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan will not shif into 2nd

Most likely the second gear section of the transmission has gone bad. There are 3 or 4 different gear sections or assemblies in an automatic transmission, when they go bad, they go bad.

Mar 06, 2010 | 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan

1 Answer

1996 2500 diesel auto transmisssion, auto shifting while on road

sounds like trans has gone bad, last service of filter and fluid? clogged screen or low/burnt fluid would effest but if clunking sounds like trans is shot

Jul 06, 2009 | 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Club Cab

1 Answer

Trouble with 98 aurora transmission

With all the problems you are having,I would check my charging system and battery connections.Also check for bad body to frame,to engine grounds.Look for a ground wire not to be connected to the engine somewhere.

Jun 18, 2009 | 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora

3 Answers

Shifting problem

sounds like it may be either a converter problem or u got some bad clutches in third in the case you need to go to a tranny shop.

Jan 27, 2009 | 1998 Honda Civic

2 Answers

I've got a '95 aurora that won't shift to 2nd or 3rd gear. I took shift assembly apart and checked shift solenoids and they tested fine. I dont have easy acces to a diagnostic computer. It was parked for a...

I had this problem and dealer said I needed a new tranny. Took it for second opinion at local trans shop and they replaced the shift switch in the tranny for $250.

Jan 01, 2009 | 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora

2 Answers

98 Civic Auto Trans Slippage

you need to replace clutch pack for that gear can be ordered seperately from parts store or dealer if you want to save money call peach street auto recycling at 1800-365-2341 for a warrantied used one! also might be time for change trans filter and fluid filter could be slightly clogged but I lean towards clutch pack I replace these alot on Hondas

Dec 12, 2008 | 1998 Honda Civic

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Oldsmobile Aurora Logo

Related Topics:

83 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Oldsmobile Experts


Level 3 Expert

81342 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8841 Answers

Are you an Oldsmobile Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides