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Limp mode tranny. I can shut it off and restart and it will give me one good shift from 1st to 2nd and then it stays in 2nd. I parked it for couple months though, got in it and it shifted perfectly all the way through overdrive 5 or 6 times until engine light came back on and at the next light, boom back to 2nd gear only.

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Check your fluid level in transmission. Also check for antifreeze in transmission , noticable on dipstick by a gray cast or antifreeze color Gr/red. Would also be locted in radiator. have you had the filter changed in trans? 60,000 miles plus would be needed to be changed if not already done . When you shut engine off the filter would drain screen and when you started it back up it would **** debris back and cause valvebody to plug again causing engine service light to come back on

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