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Tranny stuck in limp mode

My trans is stuck in limp mode.i replaced the tranny filter and toped off the fluid and it still is not shifting but as soon as i downshift into second then it down shifts like it was in drive but it wont go pass 20mph unless i down shift to second.i was told it mite be in limp mode or is there a sensor that is bad

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Sounds like to prndl switch may be malfunctioning.
gear selector switch, which tells the transmission which gear it is in.

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My daihattsu sirion 1300auto 2009intermittently enter in the limp mode and o/d ligt keep blinking and the car stuck in 3rd gear any suggessions?

What is he limp mode. you have not got enough fluid are u checking it warm and in park car has to be running to check tranny only, DO NOT OVERFILL IT LESS IS BETTER THAN OVER.

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Transmission (1994 astro van ) shifts fine sometimes and other times feels like it stuck in 4th gear. i changed the filter and flushed the trans.Whats up with that?

Its more likely the tranny shift solenoids or the power wire going to the tranny. If the tranny loses its ignition feed (12Volts) it will default into limp home mode. This means neither shift solenoid has power and will be in the off position. When both shift solenoids are in the off position this is normally third gear. It will be very labored taking off from a stop being in third gear, but will allow you to still move (thus limp home). Astro vans were not known for it, however full size pickups with the same engine and tranny, would experience a bad ignition switch. It would disable the tranny circuit and no power would get to it, same symptoms. If it sometimes works it won't be a bad fuse, best to have it diagnosed at a reliable transmission shop to verify. Its not as expensive as a tranny overhaul.

Feb 26, 2011 | 1994 Chevrolet Astro

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My car is downshifting going up small hills and is also sputtering when it does so. it also revs high and doesnt downshift, it stays around 4000 to 5000 RPM's

Check the high idle control valve. Also when is the last time you had a tune up? How many miles do you have, and has the transmission filter ever been replaced? Spark plugs, check plug wires, What year? Does it have a distributor cap and rotor? Fuel filter? Air filter? Those are the regular tune up related projects for the do it yourselfer. If you change the trans filter, try adding the "Lucas" tranny fluid. Helps out when tranny's start have a hard time shifting or uneasy shifting. If check engine light is on, check out the local autozone, run a scan and see what pops up, then post your results and we can go from there. Little more info about the specifics of your car. Year? Model? Hope this helps.

Feb 21, 2011 | Pontiac Firebird Cars & Trucks

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Transmission is stuck between 1st and second in limp mode

this can be from a couple of things....fill it with gas drive it for 5 miles. replace the gas cap! the last thig is that the trans need rebuilding; the seals are not working properly and will not allow the fluid to flow which does not allow for proper shifting. i changed fluid and trans filter but only got 600 mile before I had to rebuild it $1300.00

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My trans is stuck in second gear. Is that what

The town and country vans are know for transmission problems and it would not be stuck in 2nd gear if it was in limp mode. Limp mode typically controls the engine. I have seen people do a transmission flush/filter and add lucas to temporary fix the problem. There is also a good chance that the transmission has a solenoid problem preventing it from shifting into any other gears but second. Hope this helps!

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2001 Dodge grand caravan sport. Transmission slipping/ jerking. Seems to run only in second gear... still slips and jerks. Smells of burnt trans fluid and the level is low on the dipstick.

I need a little mor info. But the reason for the being stuck in 2nd gear is because when something goes wrong with the tranny. it goes into "LIMP" mode wich keeps the trans. from shifting out of 2nd when you are going forward. It does sound like your trans. is gone out though.

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Trans HOLD light flashing and shifting hard . cheaked trans fluid , level was low but toped up and still shifts hard and hold light flashing

try diconnecting switch to test switch . Scan Pcm for trans codes . If codes present repair them. Otherwise tranny shop reqd

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I own a 1990 mitsubishi eclipse automatic 2.0l -wont shift into first, forth, or fifth gears(stuck in second and third gear) i replaced the tranny filter and toped the fluids and they are level, but the...

I expect you are having internal issues within the tranny. There are valves within in that, from time to time, may fail. Soory to say but from this vantage point I suspect you'll need to drp the tranny and rebuild or replace with another used/rebuild.

I hope this may have asisted you,

Oct 17, 2009 | 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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