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My reverse 2nd 4th gears wont work

Cant shift into reverse 2nd 4th gears

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These type's of symptom indicates a failed transmission in a GM car.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

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SOURCE: I can't shift my 5 speed into reverse. I can

most likely bad shift cable

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SOURCE: 86 Grandprix it shifts gears to fast andI get no torque

get it scanned for soft codes.... likely a VSS (vehicle speed sensor) out or shift solenoids for trans

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SOURCE: My 1994 Grand Prix sedan wont downshift properly and stays in 3rd

change trans fluid / filter

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SOURCE: 1999 pontiac trans am 5.7 A T , won't shift past 2nd gear

Most likely is a shift silenoid. You can go to autozone and have them read the codes for you. Then you will know for sure.

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SOURCE: Ok my 1986 Fiero 2m4 wont come out of reverse it

Manual or auto?

It's gotta be the cable/linkage. You just have to inspect them and see if something is worn or snapped. They get old and crusty and need to be replaced eventually. I had to replace my shift cable on my 86 se with the 5-speed getrag.

Hopefully it's not the actual tranny....?

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AS you said there is problem with 2nd, 4th and Reveres gear if you observe all gear are position is to down side or one side all gear have to shift one direction , it seems problem with gear box , need to open and check gear box assy.


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