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1997 Silhouette Transmission Problem

My 1997 silhouette van goes into 2nd. 4th, and overdrive, but there is no 3rd. gear at all. Check engine light is on and I can not find the diagnostic port to test for anything. Could someone please help?

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I have the same year similar problem - need a transmission rebuild

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The diag port is on left side under the dash. You will need a good scan tool to get the trans data for testing pressures

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