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1999 Volvo S80 T6 Shifting Problems

My 1999 Volvo S80 T6 is having trouble shifting out of Park. The shift lever works, but the car does not move when in Reverse, Drive or Triptronic shift unless you rev the engine high ( with the barking brake off or course) then will rev like its in neutral trough the symbol on the dash is "D" or "R" . Our local foreign car mechanic says we need a new transmission,  but while that maybe the case I suspect it could possible be the cars' computer (it has an airbag problem). When I reset the computer by reseting detaching the battery for 15 minutes the car works again with no problem, until just a few minutes of driving around the neighborhood renders it in a forced neutral again. What should I do?

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Sorry man your problem is your computer detected a problem in your transmission that needs to be open,more likely needs a new set of clutches..........the set is not to expensive but the actual labor is,so good luck.

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Most likely your mechanic is right. The reason it will shift normally for a little while is because when it does detect the problem it goes into a limp home mode. When you reset the battery it takes it out of limp home mode until it sees the problem again.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...

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