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98 Mirage Stuck in Limp Mode

I was replacing my stock radio and ended up blowing the audio fuse in my car. the next day i noticed i was stuck in 2nd gear.. took it to autozone and had them run a test.. test said:

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Serial Communication Link Malfunction With TCM

just wondering what i do to go about fixing this.. and if the TCM is bad, where would i get a new one?

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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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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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