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Shifting Problem Auto Tranny

My tranny on my 1994 vw passat is shifting funny, it seams to stay in 3rd gear and doesn't shift into overdrive, it seams to get better as it warms up but still seams to shift to early and doesn' want to downshift to 1st or third, also if I shift manualy it shifts fine up to third but wont shift to overdrive until it warms up any ideas Im not sure when the fluid was changed last, could it be as simple as a fluid and filter change?

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  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    yes it could be what does the fluid look like? it could be crud sticking to the gears.



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You are going to need the transmission rebuilt.

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Transmission speed sensor located on trans. is malfunctioning, replace.

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I would suspect you are correct and it is an electrical problem with the electronics in the transmission. I would recommend you have this looked into by a professional. Ignoring it my end up causing more expensive problems.

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SOURCE: my transmission on my 1995 vw jetta lll glx vr6

the clutch may burn out on those gear, check the fluid if it smell burn

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