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Mileage could be the cause...age...driving conditions...could be a 1000 different reasons

Posted on Mar 29, 2014

The odds your sensor is bad is about 30%

The odds you have internal trans wear & damage
is about 70%

Sensors only report mechanical things that are not right
when the vehicles computer scans them,that said, sensors
do fail, BUT you use the codes to diagnose the system
& component test

Codes DO NOT indicate a failed part or need to replace any

All parts have to be tested & fail, or why would you waste money
throwing parts at a problem

We did that in that 1960's & got away with it,not with today's
technology

Posted on Mar 29, 2014

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