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Car wont drive in any gear

I have a 1986 cavaleir everything in it has almost been replaced had problem with 2 much oil in it my fault. had a leak must have fixed its self. but didnt drive it with 2 much oil in caught the problem early. drained all extra oil , changed plugs and wires, and fuil filter. before i did all this the car was going in 2 gear now it just sits there when i put it into any gear.whats going on. the origanal problem was it was smoking cause of 2 much oil. now it wont move .

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I believe your problems are unrelated. sounds like the transmission is gone the way of the doe doe.

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