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2000 sonata gls v6, car stays in first gear until about 2300 rpm

Then it violently shifts into 3rd overdrive making a loud hiss noise. then the vehicle is stuck in 3rd o/d until ignition is turned off???

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  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Shifts into low gear and stays until you shut the car off to reset it

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Its a sensor on the transmission....had mine replaced 3 times.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

  • mcdemers Jan 07, 2009

    Did not have it fixed at hyundai...brought it to a transmission shop that I trust and it didn't cost much, I think under $200 or even less.

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