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I have a 2006 chevy colbalt. DL (auto transmission) Car was running great until i could not get key out of ignition. I finally got key out but when i went to drive it the shaft inside the shifter didnt work so I put a screw driver into the shifter shaft so that I could manually get it into gear so I could get home but it started hesitating as soon as i started to give it gas and would not shift out of low gear. ( it is a auto tran I have low gear, park, reverse. The engine light and powersteering warning light came on and the speedometer also stopped working. The dash dimmer light is not working either. It has 125,000 miles

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These transmissions are computer controlled, and this sounds like you have electronic problems coupled with mechanical transmission problems. I suggest you consult a transmission specialist to diagnose your problems.

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This only applies if you have an allison transmission, which based on the problem you are reporting I would guess that you do.

It sounds like your vehicle is stuck in limp mode. This is probably due to a bad NSBU switch(Neutral, saftey, back up) (if you have an allison transmission. Prior to 2002 the NSBU switches had a very poor seal which resulted in water intrusion into the NSBU switch causing corrosion. If the switch is corroded it is likley confusing your transmission. Unfortunatly you cannot repair the bad switch, it needs to be replaced. If you order one through Chevy it will cost around 200 dollars. I found one at merchant Automotive for 91 dollars. ( http://www.merchant-automotive.com/allisonnsbuswitch2001-2004.aspx ).

The switch is relativly easy to replace. the electrical connections are the hardest part as they are glued into the switch. A little heat from a butane torch should soften it up and make the connectors slide off more easily. Other wise you may have to break the NSBU switch appart to remove the connectors.

I replaced the switch for the first time and it took me 15 minutes.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

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The shifter works off a shift cable which is connected to the transmission. The connection of this cable to the transmission is on the drivers side looking straight up were you can see it. The other end connects to the inner part of the shifting mechanisum where you shift
You can only get a replacement at any General Motos dealerships parts department

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The end of the shift cable has broken, there is a plastic ring at the transmission end of the cable that breaks. You will need to have it towed to the mechanic.

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  • I think the Cobalt is a decent car. not on my top 20 but defiantly worth owning if the price is right and the engine and transmission look clean and drive right.

  • As for the transmission, there is no dipstick. There is a check plug on the transmission just above the pan. I will list the steps on how to check the transmission. To fill the transmission there is a red or black cap that twists and pull up that is under the hood, on top of the transmission.


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  • If you have any comments please feel free to leave them here.
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