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Why is my 1998 buick regal not shifting into drive?

My car will not shift into drive unless i start off in 1st or 2nd an when i get it up to 30mph it will shift into drive. What can be the problem? Transmission shop told me had to replace tranny for 1700.00.
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Check to see if the kickdown cable became detached.......or go to most any autoparts stores and they will let you use their code readers free of charge if used could be a sensor cause buick has alot of them and are known for their sensors going out

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Here is some possible reasons why your transmission is having those problems .

* The gear shift linkage is binding
* There is an internal problem in the transmission
* The throttle cable is broken or disconnected
* The vacuum modulator on the transmission is faulty or the vacuum line is damaged
* The electronic transmission control circuit may be faulty

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first of all your truck is already in first gear when your going down the

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This is a common problem on some GM cars. There is a pressure control valve in the side cover of the transmission that needs to be replaced. The transmission does not have to be rebuilt. You will need to get a side cover gasket also.

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What you need to check is the transmission release bearing because if there is a clearance on the release bearing you will encounter this problem and also check the transmission oil.

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SHift solenoid pressure switch

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