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1994 940 volvo does not go in reverse. Its constantly in drive even in park. when in reverse the back up lights are on but still in drive.. Do i need a new tranny or hopefully a much much cheaper fix? please help i love the car

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Sorry but this is a classic symptom of a failed trans clutch pack, you will need a full teardown of the trans to fix this problem

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