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Automatic transmission is stuck in 2nd gear (limp mode)

Vehicle will only select 2nd gear regardless of gear leaver position

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    Same thing 94 t&c



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It is eletical eather a fuse is blown or the speed sensor didnt get hooked up dose spedo work

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Where is the speed sensor relay locatated on 2000 mitisbitshi galnt 2.4?

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I have a mit galant es 2001 and it only drives on 2 gear what could be wrong with it?

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Don't know but same exact problem, 2000 F-150 automatic, started after transmission lowered to replace worn out (automatic-style) flywheel which no longer engages starter. Shade tree mechanic says he hooked back up the one wire harness to transmission when he finished; but this sounds like an electrical problem. Reverse works; but car starts, cruises, and stops constantly in 2nd gear; and Overdrive indicator on shift stick flashing yellow; not the case b4 this repair...

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most newer vehicles  have transmission control modules,that go to a default of 2nd or 3rd gear when they go bad!  I had a 91 plymouth stuck in 3rd gear because of this module! could be your problem!    when mine went out, it smelled like something electrical burned inside the the passenger cabin! I would check all the electrical connections on the transmission first    good luck   

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Wow,
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Automatic transmission is stuck in 2nd gear (limp mode)


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