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My transmission shifts gears constantly inbetween 3rd gear and overdrive and then my check engine light comes on. Is this a motor problem or an engine problem?

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Are you getting P0320 detected? If so, change the Crank Shaft Sensor. If no errors are detected, then you have to wait till it gets worse. Changing the sensor is a hit and miss approach, and it is better to be sure rather than guess, because it can get costly changing the wrong parts. If your vehicle has more than 80K miles, sensors start going bad, and you just have to change them. The 4 sensors that gave the most problems an my car were Camshaft Sensor, Crankshaft Sensor, Throttle Position Sensor, Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor, and of course the Thermostat. Also, one of the Oxygen Sensors showed bad on the diagnostic, but gave no problems. In your situation, it could be the PowerTrain Control Module (PCM). There are diagnostic tools available from ebay that are hooked to a Laptop Computer, and while you driving the car, have someone observer the Laptop Computer looking for the error to reveal itself.

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