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The power switch is on my dash board

I tried to go forward and it seemed to not move so I put it in 4-wheel drive because the grass was wet and wheels were spinning. When I turned my car back on. The power switch light was on and it will not go off. I did drive it slow home because I was not very far from home. Can someone tell me what is wrong so I know what I am experiencing and what will need fixed?

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I take it this car is fitted with an automatic transmission .
Somewhere on the gear selector should be a button that changes from economy mode to power mode.
Find it and press it and the power light should go off.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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