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When car gets warm the transmission starts working properly, all of a sudden shifts down to second gear and won't change gears, but you can go back between drive and reserve, would changing the fluid and filter fix the problem, the fluid appears old and a litle burnt Barrie

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  • catman230 Feb 06, 2010

    the car is a 1991 New Yorker fifth avenue, I just purchased it for $700, everything else is good, just noticed the problem, certainly don't want to go to transmission shop, that would be $2500, would not do that, do you have any idea what the problem might be, only will to invest say $150 more to change fluid and filter, if not, well off to the junkyard barrie

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Yes, the first thing to do is buy a transmission filter kit and fluid and change them out (or take it to the repair shop and have them do it) More then likely you have some metal shavings that have built up in the filter and causing your transmission to act up. If that does not fix the problem, the transmission is behaving in this manner because there is something wrong with its functioning which its electronic controller has sensed as a "fault" which requires attention by a transmission expert. When something like this happens, the transmission protects itself by only driving in 2nd gear which avoids using more parts than necessary. It is called 'limp-in mode' Go to Autozone (or your local auto parts store) and they will loan you a free OBD II scanner. When you get the fault code numbers, look in the back of a Haynes repair book and it will tell you what part is faulty.

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  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2010

    It is probably just a dirty filter but I would change both the filter and the fluid first before you spend any more money on it. If it still acts up after you change the fluid and filter the next thing to do is scan the computer for trouble codes

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Well the year of the car would help, but if it is late model then it uses electronics to shift and it sounds as if the car is going into "limp in" mode to allow you to get where you are going but you shouldn't continue to drive it. Normally the check engine light would be on in this case, and a scan tool would allow you to get codes that would allow for some narrowing down of the cause of the problem. Changing the fluid and filter probably won't fix the problem but it won't hurt especially if it hasn't been done in a long time, this is just some basic maintenance though, but still may be worth if a try if you don't have access to service information or a scan tool that could help with the problem. If you have any more information it may help narrow down the problem. hope this will help you. good luck.

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