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1989 Chevrolet Cavalier RS with 2.0 engine. Transmission sticks in overdrive after driving 15 - 20 miles. When coming to a stop will stall out and go dead or can hold brake down and accelarate until transmission downshifts.

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SOURCE: Transmission not going into overdrive

Check the modulator valve on top of the transmission, when this goes out, it usually will not go into overdrive.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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SOURCE: 1993 chevy cavalier, 2.2 automatic

My Car Ise to do this as well and i changed the sensor on the transmission and it stopped doing it. This was a year ago!

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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SOURCE: transmission wont get into overdrive or reverse.

sounds like a 700r4 tranny thats usually what happens when they decide to quit you loose overdrive and reverse. About 900 to 1000$ to rebuild.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 Chevrolet Impala transmission non-smooth shift

put a transmission line cooler on it

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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SOURCE: 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, automatic transmission.

TCC(Torque Convertor Control(lockup)) sensor.Or another transmission control sensor. Bad sensor will cause erratic shifting. If your Check Engine light is on a code should show. Don't hesitate in getting a 2nd opinion. Try having Autoz... or another parts place hook it up. Add some Trans-x or other trusted additive to trans. fluid. Servos could be gummed up. WARNING: If you drive too long/many miles like that something really expensive will break.

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

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