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Transmission will not shift out of low regardless of rpm. Tranny indicator shows drive but if I try to use slap stick it won't work and there is no indication of shift position 1,2 or 3. on indicatior in auto **** mode. Engine problem indicator is lit.

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  • jodonb_99 Aug 08, 2010

    Yes, I was pretty sure this was electronic just not crafty enough and don't have the code reader. Thanks!



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HI. This is defiantly going to be a TCM issue. With that said; you will need to have the engine PCM scanned for the appropriate codes. This scan will isolate which module has failed. There may be some solenoid pack issues, as well. This is why the scan results are needed, at this time. I suspect that there will be several codes stored in your engine CPU. They should be extracted with a scan diagnostic tool, asap.

There is nothing more you can do now but scan the CPU. After the codes are pulled, you can focus on the necessary repair details as stated in the scan print out. You will essentially be flying blind without those codes...

Have them pulled, asap...

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