Please help. Sometimes the gear is in reverse but doesn't state it on the dashboard and then gets out of gear and the engine light comes on. The car is then sluggish for pickup until it slips back into gear. What am I doing wrong?
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The problem is a gear internal failure the gear who drive the speed sensor is defect the is why you don't have speed sensor reading. There is a way you can verify that remove the speed sensor drive it with a drill check the dashboard you will see.
Maybe something wrong with neutral switch? Usually it is on or close to transaxle shift lever, follow the shift cable to shift lever, the switch has multiple wire connector.
It may be possible to start vehicle by jumping the load side of starter relay, key on. There are safety issues trying this, the vehicle will crank in any gear. Make sure tranny is out of gear, parking brake is set, block the wheels, whatever it takes to be safe, safety is your responsibility.
If the problem isn't that neutral switch, then I don't know? Any applicable trouble codes?
There are a couple of videos on youtube where people solved the same problem by replacing
the input speed sensor Costs about $30.00 for part.
Maybe this would help?
I am not a mechanic but I have same problem and am trying to get to the bottom of it
May 1996 van has been doing the same thing for a couple years. It will then sometimes
shift into 3rd gear after driving awhile.
Unfortunately my van is now stuck in driveway in reverse so I cant even start it
"The shift pattern is a little different, with reverse starting to the
left of first, in the German (Getrag in this case) pattern rather than
the "reverse-in-sixth" Japanese pattern. It's nearly always easy to find
the right gear, though sometimes reverse can be tricky (presumably this
gets easier with time)." from a review I found , hope it helps. I suspect reverse is up and to the far left R 1 3 I__I__I I I 2 4