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The info center reads error, the gauges do not work except rpm and fuel. It also says check trans. Purchased used trying to make it safe for me and mine thanks

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Sounds like a water damage vehicle to me sorry

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Whenever the RPM and speedometer won't work the transmission won't change out! What.can possibly be wrong? thanks!!

What make , model and year vehicle ? Don't know how much you know about the modern automobile , how computes and how data transfer happens ! Speedometer , tachometer , fuel gauge , tempreature gauge etc.... Sensor inputs from these sensors are iinputs to the PCM - engine computer and to get to the gauge in the instrument cluster , this info is sent by a message on the serial data bus . The VSS - vehicle speed sensor not only supply's info the speedometer but also the PCM use's for transmission shift points .
How often does this happen (RPM and speedometer drop out ?) Could have lose connector in the wiring harness or at the PCM . A wire that is grounding on on the frame or body .The first place to start would be checking for DTC'S diagnostic trouble code's . Could make diagnostic's a whole lot easier !

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3cyl, or 4cyl, never ask for engine help not stating the engine options.
A/T tranny Right not STICK shift manual..
stuck in 3rd but trans is ok. (a gross contradiction if ever)
why not listen to him, if it stuck in any gear , there will be huge power loss. why not scan it."? is your mech, a non ASE? tech?
(if you mech, can say which end is bad, find a new mech)

get the errors. from the engine and the trans.
here is the easy way to see which is wrong.
1: do the FSM stated transmission stall test. this takes me 1min.
a: hand brake set hard.
b: car pointed is safe direction (mother inlaw?, LOL)
c: chock front wheels to ground. (aka; blocking wheels)
d: warm engine and cold (i try both , due to trans, fail both)
e: foot on service brake pedal. hard, say 50lbs force.
f: WOT the engine, wide open throttle (per FSM)
g: read the tachmeter, (on dash or tool) or scanner.
all USA cars 97 you can read RPM with any scan tool ever made.
h: see RPM rise and stop, this is STALL speed.
what your doing here is making poor mans DYNO.
if the tranny slips, the RPM goes out of control. tranny bad.
if the tranny dont slip RPM look like this. it loads up and goes
to near 2000 rpm. and holds, (full engine power)
if the engine is weak, the RPM will be less. (read the FSM)
google "automatic transmission stall test"
or read the FSM in the the on car test for A/T? there are many.

once you know which end is bad, we can diagnose that too.

have you done the 60k miles service yet? if not , why not do that now.
spark parts, filters, yada,yada. ,need list , its in the operators guide
and in the FSM. both.

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I have a playmouth grand voyager 1999 3L,my transmission will not shift up in gear.On drive or reverse it goes well but will not shift.I think it could be an electrique problem,cause the transmission looks...

Your trans is stuck in safe mode, you are only using 2nd gear, this means it is not shifting but staying at a gear so you will not damage the trans. This is an electrical setting , however usually comes from the computer receiving bad information , rough shift, however it can be reset. Remove the positive battery cable for 30 minutes then see if it shifts, also check your fluid level, it can go into safe mode from low fluid if you made a turn and the trans slipped from low fluid . If your trans goes back into safe mode again have it checked, most important, do not drive over 45 mph or allow your rpms to raise over 3 , I have seen many motor problems that spawned from this type of trans problem, if not corrected.

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