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My 1999 GMC 1999 Jimmy isn't switching gears correctly

I can drive fast but cannot switch to third gear. My RPM's are revving up to the 2000 mark and I sense some hesitation. Do I need a rebuilt tranny, or is it possibly something way less expensive that could be wrong?

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    dacree May 08, 2012

    On my 1997 GMC Jimmy, I had a problem with it starting in 2nd gear and not moving above 3rd gear. I fixed it by replacing the ignition starter switch. This provides enough amps to make the transmission solenoid (valve?) work. Cost around $100 to $125 excluding labor.



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Is the check engine light on? If not chances are good that you have major trans. problems.

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Maybe a transmission problem?

If you're only in "D", you should switch to "OD" when driving at higher speeds. "D" only allows you to move up to third gear whereas "OD" will move you into fourth. You're over-working your transmission by driving in "D".

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Well the check engine light ios probably on. The transmission is trying to start out in 3rd gear. You may have lost the neutral safety switch. These switches do not act like the old ones. They are mounted on the side of the 4l60E transmission. Try this first. Purchase a new neutral safety switch from GM (only). Have it installed and then clear the codes. Your tach and speedo should work and the trans should also work again. Hope this helps.
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Jan 25, 2009 | 1999 GMC Jimmy

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My reverse went out but only go forward!


Shouldnt be a big deal.

Your shift linkage is probably bent.

You will need to go to a trans shop and get it fixed.

I highly recommend AAMCO since they warranty their work. They will have to "unbend" the bracket or readjust the cable play, or repair the linkage that places the car in the proper gear according to your indicator on steering column or dash.

Not a big deal...but then again you could have crushed the synchro gears, but i truly doubt it!


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