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Transmission wont shift into 3rd gear.

I have a 1999 GMC Suburban 1500 with the 2wd and the 4l60 E transmission never seems to shift into 3rd gear. In drive it doesnt want to shift into 2nd and just slips out of gear at about 30mph. If I place the gearshift selector manually into 2 it drives without slipping but maxs out at about 40mph. Do I need a complete rebuild? Is it the solenoids that need replacement or? Thanks for any assistance!

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  • John Woods
    John Woods Dec 04, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, only 8000 miles on my crate, god I hope its something that simple. John

  • anitrapplbiz Jan 13, 2009

    how much will it cost for the selinoids to be replaced on a 1999 gmc suburban c1500

  • 1moresuburb Mar 15, 2009

    Just fixed other multi-function switch problems but now the transmission only goes from 1st to 2nd and no higher, reverse is fine. Sounds similar to other posters. I'll look into the solenoid.

  • Ricky Gittins
    Ricky Gittins May 02, 2009

    my question would be which solenoid, there is the converter solenoid, 1-2 shift solenoid, 3-4 shift solenoid, speed solenoid

  • Ricky Gittins
    Ricky Gittins May 11, 2010

    which solenoid there are 4

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    changes dilter and solenoids

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    changed to solenoids and filter

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    changed 2 solenoids and filter

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    My car wont drive in drive but it will drive in shift 2 do I need a new transmission?

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I had this exact problem on my 2005 5.3L Suburban... It would shift into 1 and 2 and reverse, but not 3 and 4.

I took it into a transmission shop, and he said the 3-4 shift solenoid was burned up. Wanted 1500 to fix it. Far from home, so I have to pay it.

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Yes your selinoids need replacing. I found the awnser to this question in the search for my own issue. This awnser came from one who just spent 2 months trying everything else..

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I dont have a solution. more of a problem. i have a 1999 gmc sierra was driving highway speeds all of sudden started reving higher then should like slipping and speed wouldnt go over 40 and when i came to stop and took off again it wouldnt shift into 3rd gear. it shifted to second fine.

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