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Hi. I have a 2001 Pontiac Montana. I started it today and went to shift from park to reverse. The gear shifter just moves up and down. It doesn't feel like its hitting any gears. The indicator light does move from P. The gear shifter just moves freely up and down. The van has been shifting hard lately--I would say about 40% of the time. I've noticed when I start it sometimes that its hard to shift out of reverse--mostly when I am parked at an incline.

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  • momof3girlsi Aug 26, 2010

    I just noticed an error in my message---The indicator light does NOT move from P.

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Sounds like a low pressure problem that commonly is due to low ATF fluid condition so check your fluid level and color first. If the fluid is at the right level with the engine warm running and in the park position, there are some other low pressure problems with this transmission.

On this vehicle are common failures of the Transmission Pressure Control Solenoid (PCS) and the connections at the Transmission Pass-Thru Connector.

Keep in mind that this problems with the Transmission PCS are identified in TSB # 00-07-30-002B. Problems with the connections of the Transmission Pass-Thru Connector are identified in TSB #02-07-30-022B.

Remember, the cost to replace the Transmission PCS is estimated at $350 The cost to repair the Transmission Pass-Thru Connector is estimated at $150.

Hope helps.

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