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Automatic transmission feels like it is in 3rd gear pulling out

When you put the tranny in drive it feels like your in 3rd gear pulling out from a stop. If you manually put it in low gear it pulls out fine and the you have to shift it manually. The OD light is flashing. I took it to a transmission shop, and they said my problem wasn't in the tranny that it was electrical in the ECU. I replaced the ECU and still have the problem. I replaced some switch inside the tranny for the torque converter @ $400 and still have the problem. Can somebody help, I can't afford process of elimination ? This is in 1995 lexus GS300. Thank you very much

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Your trans is going into limp mode and that is why it is starting out in a higher gear.With the o/d light flashing there is a problem.Try this disconnect the battery for 5 min then start the car,before you do anything cycle the o/d button and see if it starts flashing.If it does then there is somekind of electrical problem.Could be bad wire or bad solenoid.If not drive it and start out with o/d off in low and shift manually through the gears and see if they are all there when you need to get in fourth hit the o/d button to shift and see if it does.They should also be able to get a code for the flashihg light to try to pin point.Hope this helps and thank for using fixya

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