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Transmission stays in 2nd gear when i stop 1997 gmc safari

Hi, I have a 1997 gmc safari, i'd checked the trans oil level and it needed about 1 qt, so i added the qt and since there on when i stop it doesnt go into first gear unless i drop down the shifting lever down to 1. I hope someone can give me a hand on this. Luis..
ps: I believe it stays in 2nd gear.

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  • Luis Alberto
    Luis Alberto May 11, 2009

    it sounds like good news, is the solenoid inside or outside the trans.? thanks in advance...!! Luis

  • Luis Alberto
    Luis Alberto May 11, 2009

    I really apreciate ur help.. thanks and keep the good work..! Luis

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What that means is that you have a solenoid in the transmission that is either sticking or is no longer any good. you don't have to replace the wholetransmission but need a replacement solenoid/and or pump.

Posted on May 11, 2009

  • Ronald Mueller
    Ronald Mueller May 11, 2009

    the solenoid is on the inside of the transmission and you need to drop the pan to access it. also it would be a good idea to change the filter and fluid as well. please rate this if you would it would be greatly appreciated

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