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My car will only go into 2nd gear. when i put the car up on the lift and unplug tran from computer and manually shift it works properly but the car wont start without the computer plug in thecar is a 2002 mazda protege

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    have a code reader and there are no codes.(mazda protege 2002)

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Could be an issue with the computer or electronic shift solenoids. Have it hooked to scan tool and tested to verify nothing major.

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You have to test the computer that runs the trans and see if any trouble codes are in memory, you need to buy a code reader to do this, about $40 from any auto parts store like Kragen or Autozone.

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