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Stuck in 2nd gear

No pasing gear wont exceed 30 mph at 2000nrpm what causes this

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It is most likely in limp mode. There should be codes stored for this. Typical problem is one of the two speed sensors on the transmission is malfuctioning. When they go bad, the transmission wont shift. Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013

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SOURCE: CAR WONT GO OVER 30 MPH

Sounds like your tranny is on the way out. I had a similar problem with my '91 Legacy and it required a tranny rebuild (or a used replacement which would have cost about the same).
Check your tranny fluid level and condition. Be sure to check for leaks. If its very low or empty, or really dirty (it should look red/pink, not dark or smell "burned"), it may be that a fluid replacement may remedy the shifting issue. A friend of mine had tranny issues where it was stuck in first gear, and it turned out that he never changed the tranny fluid in almost 80K miles, and a tranny flush and fluid replacement at his local Jiffy Lube solved the problem. Who knows what his neglect cosy him in longevity through. 
Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: clutch or transmission?

If its automatic follow this link.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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SOURCE: My passat v6 automatic was stuck in 1st gear. My

no just a dirty solenoid much cheaper to fix

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SOURCE: my 88 chevy with 700r4 wont upshift from 3rd to 4th

you have a valve body problem, some of the speed sonsor controls are malfunctioning... need to get into the valve body... check fluid condition for dirty and burned condition...

Posted on Aug 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Car sounds like its not shifting once I hit 30 mph.

85k is not high mileage. once you reach where it won't shift try letting go of the gas pedal completely for about 2 seconds and then push again and see if that makes it change. you may want to try to slip stop in your transmission. well if letting go of the gas pedal works you may have a problem with your modulator and i can tell you that's not cheap to fix

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You don't give me much information to work with. However, 1st, look at the engine mounts. You may have a broken mount. This will make it feel like the transmission is shifting hard. Other than that, there is only a few things that will cause this. The speed sensor tells the computer when to shift the shift solenoids. It may not be "seeing" a quality signal. If this is the case, the speedometer will be bouncing too. Last idea is that it is skipping a gear. Starts in 1st, should go to 2nd at about 10 MPH. 3rd at 25 to 30 MPH. And, if you have a Overdrive transmission, it should go into overdrive at around 45 to 55 MPH. If it is skipping 2nd, it will engage 3rd at a high engine speed, and will feel like a sudden slam into gear. If this is true, your transmission needs some work. Hope this all helps. Good Luck.

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