I had this problem with my 1998 Mirage. check for a short somewhere in the wires that you messed with. On my car I would replace the fuse and start it up again and it would run fine for a while but it kept blowing fuses. Everytime that it blew a fuse i noticed that the gear indicator light (for an automatic) wouldn't work everytime the fuse blew. I also noticed that it would blow one everytime i left the car in reverse for a good amount of time. As a joke my brother had installed a backup beeper under my bumper and wired it to my reverse lights so that it would beep everytime i put it in reverse. so i disconnected the beeper and it hasn't blown a fuse yet! kind of strange but i guess any short that is connected to that circut can put the tranny into safe mode.
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Re: 98 Mirage Stuck in Limp Mode
You may not need a new TCM with any luck. I would try unhooking the battery for a few minutes to see if it will reset the TCM. TCM = They Cost Much $. If you need to replace it you should be able to get one at a local parts house - avoid the dealership if you can. I wouldn't trust on-line stuff for this unless you know the source.
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Well you either have a shorted component or a shorted wiring harness. Buy a factory wiring diagram booklet and follow the circuit, start disconnecting components in the system until the short goes away. If everything that the fuse powers is disconnected and the fuse still blows then you have a shorted wiring harness, look for areas where there is allot of movement or heat from the engine exhaust. You can try this site for a wiring diagram, it may have one. http://bbbind.com/free_tsb.html
The shift console has nothing to do with the emissions limp mode.
There is a solenoid to disable the shifter from being able to be moved out of park, but that is in order to ensure you press down on the brake. Don't know what could be wrong except that you might have blown a fuse that powers the transmission.
Recommend you consult with your local certified transmission mechanic. They will have code readers that can talk to the transmission and not just the general codes.
If possible remove the transmission pan for further diagnosis. Excessive debris or metal particles on the transmission pan is typically an indication of mechanical failure such as clutches, meaning a rebuild.
If it comes to a rebuild, have yours rebuilt versus a swap out. This way you'll know everything bolts up correctly and you have all the brackets, etc.
Gears inside welded together, or stuck in limp home mode. Is it stuck in a gear other than 1st or reverse? Limp home mode will select one gear, usually 2nd, when computer senses a problem with valve body pressure, or excessive heat. Either way it sounds like a trip to the ****** shop.
The town and country vans are know for transmission problems and it would not be stuck in 2nd gear if it was in limp mode. Limp mode typically controls the engine. I have seen people do a transmission flush/filter and add lucas to temporary fix the problem. There is also a good chance that the transmission has a solenoid problem preventing it from shifting into any other gears but second. Hope this helps!
Note that many problems that show up as transmission issues are
actually PCM or electrical, and may be external to the transmission.
Try a different PCM, and check for chafing where the cables come out of
The transmission is on the same fuse as the MAF, O2 sensors and at
least one other sensor - if an O2 shorts out, it will blow the fuse and
the trans will go into limp-home mode. Be sure the trans has power and
the fuse is not blown before doing anything else.
Limp mode is a fault mode in which the transmission either loses electrical power
or the PCM deactivates all of the electronics. The transmission will
default to max line pressure. The driver will have Reverse and 3rd,
with manual 2nd available by putting the gearshift in 2 or 1 (doesn't
matter). 1st, 4th, and TCC lockup will not be available. It will not
hurt the car to drive it like this for short periods, but use manual
2nd to get the car moving, and be aware that the trans will generate
more heat than normal while operating in limp-home mode due to
increased torque converter slippage during 2nd gear starts and no
lockup in 3rd gear.
Check the wire harness clip on the transmission, passenger side by the catalytic converter. Look for any damages due to corrosion or brake in the wire leads. it's common for the clip to brake and the wire harness to loosen causing the transmission in to limp mode. Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to help you get your transmission running again soon and please rate.
Check for check ball wear on the separator plate and address it if
needed. The 1-2 check ball wears out and sometimes the check ball blows
through or sticks in the plate causing troubles.
Just thought I would point out a few items to think about. Good luck.
MCARTER859: check the connections where the transmission harness and engine room harness come together. Unplug them and reconnect them I have run into more than one case with the same symptoms as yours which ended up being nothing more than poor connections.
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codes will verify if it needs to be pulled out. More than likely it will as the electronics are rarely the problem. The computer senses a indifference in the ratio between the sensors so it locks it in limp mode - 2nd gear.