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What would cause the transmission not to engage in any gear? Linkage is attached and working properly.

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If it's full of fluid it could be a broken front pump

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Does it hold in park? If not then maybe a broken axle. if it does hold in park make sure it is full of fluid. If the fluid level is high suspect a broken trans pump or pump drive component.

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93 ford tempo, changed neutral safety switch. worried i may have broken the kickdown lever, reattached all the linkage to it and now the transmission won't shift into 2nd gear until about 35mp


What about the rest of the shift points. 2 to 3 and 3 to 4? If the others are normal than the problem is with the 1-2 internals and not the T-V linkage.
It seems the transmission Is acting as if the throttle is wide open; for the 1-2 shift, therefore there is something in the linkage is broken or out of adjustment since your work. The last step before opening up the transmission to replace the TV linkage is to make sure the external TV cable linkage is set up right, and after is verified, if you are still seeing WOT upshift points that function of the internal to external kick down parts will need to be repaired. Sorry.

If you know a good local independent transmission specialist you might see him and get some advice.

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What causes 95 suburban to not go into gear. tranny fluid adequate and clean. simply wont engage.


First we need to figure out what transmission you have. Crawl under the vehicle on the drivers side (be sure to chock your tires) and see if there is a black box on that side of the transmission. If so, then it is the 4L60E and there are many electronic parts that could be the culprit. Also while you're under there check and see if your shift linkage is hooked up, that will be on that same(drivers) side of the transmission. While your under there getting dirty, you could park the vehicle on level ground, chock the front wheels, jack up the entire rear of the vehicle and place it on jackstands. With the rear of the vehicle up in the air you could un-bolt the shift linkage and try to manually shift the transmission. If that works, you could have a broken shift linkage, or if you do have the 4L60E out may be that little black box where the shift linkage attaches to the transmission. Good luck and be careful!

Jun 02, 2014 | 1995 Chevrolet Suburban

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When you put it into gear gets hung up in between two gears


My dad always lectured me to "look for the most likely or obvious things first." First, for a moment, I'll assume you're talking about an automatic transmission... If so, check the ATF (automatic transmission fluid) level.. Correcting any problem there just might fix you up.
If you're talking about a manual shift transmission, and I'm afraid that you are, that's a whole different deal. There's a mechanism, and it can either be on the outside.. or the inside of a transmission... that's allowing one shifting lever to remain engaging a gear.. as you're trying to engage another gear with a different shifting lever. A vehicle will not move very far if it is in two gears. The idea of it actually being between two gears or being in two gears at once, is quite concerning. A broken shifting fork inside the transmission can cause this.. If there's shifting linkage you can get to, you can try to make sure that all linkage is in the neutral position. If you can accomplish that, it should go... and you'll need to take it easier on your shifting gears... because, unless you get some repairs made, it can easily happen again. If you get all the linkage in a neutral position... and then the car is willing to go, that means it is still in a gear... which is bad.... Your transmission needs work.

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1991 Honda Civic DX Why am I able to push the car with automatic transmission while it's in park? The car won't start and run, either.


If the car rolls with the shifter in the park position and the starter will not engage the engine than the transmission is not in park. This could be caused by a bad shift cable. In order to confirm this you will need to find the area where the shift cable attaches to the transmission. While a helper runs the shifter through the gears check the linkage at the transmission to see if it is moving. If the linkage is not moving that there is a problem with the shift cable or the shifter. Some disassembly of the center council may be necessary to gain access to the area where the shift cable attaches to the shifter to see if it is still attached to the shifter. If it is and the shifter is moving the cable than the cable will need to be replaced. If the cable is moving the linkage at the trans than there is probably something wrong internally inside of the transmission. If you have any questions or need further help I will be happy to do what I can!

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Not shifting properly


This problem could be related to bad cables or the linkage assembly.Remove the center console and get down to the shifter where you can visually see the cables,and where the cables attach to the shifter.The cables should be hooked up at the transmission,but removed from the shifter.One cable is the neutral gate position,and the other is the actual gear selector cable.Manually operate the cables and see if the gears will engage using the cables.If the cables work,you have narrowed it down to the shifter itself.If the cables don't work and gears can't be engaged using the cables,then the cables are bad.Also look over the shifter assembly visually,look for cracks or broken metal while shifting it through the gears.--------- Check it.Thanks.

Dec 07, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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Car goes into reverce but does not engage completely works fine in forward, when in reverce it seems lik it wants to ingage but does not. it makes a chattering sound and feeling. what electric part puts...


Hello. As you know, the transmission is one of the more sophisticated components in any auto. It takes the most transmission pressure to engage reverse, third, and fourth gear in an auto tranny. In an auto tranny, the shifter is connected to a linkage that manually shifts between the different gears in the transmission. When you shift into reverse, all transmission pressure is concentrated to engage reverse. When you shift to drive the transmission will operate normally, building pressure until it can shift into the next gear. With third, second, or first gear selected it will lock out all higher gears (Unless the TCU detects overrevving of the engine, in which case it will override gear selection and upshift to avoid engine damage). All the TCU does in a modern auto tranny is control shift points. Years and years ago, shifting was controlled by a spring attached to the gas pedal. When the gas pedal was depressed, the spring would expand. As tranny pressure grew, the spring would become compressed until it was fully compressed, engaging the next gear. The harder you stepped on the gas, the longer you went until the tranny shifted. In modern transmissions the TCU dictates shift points, and not much else. The TCU will also control when the torque converter will lock, but that's where it's duties end. The problem with engaging reverse is either a linkage issue, or a problem with the pump not building enough pressure to fully engage reverse.

Try putting the shifter in reverse, holding the brakes firmly, and giving the car gas. If the car reaches a higher RPM and suddenly slams into reverse it is the pump. The pump will only build enough pressure to engage reverse with higher RPM's. If the pump is severly damaged it won't engage at all, but if this is the case it probably won't engage third or fourth gear either at that point. If the problem is with the linkage, reverse just won't engage whatsoever, despite RPM's. I'd say start with the shift linkage. If it's bent or misadjusted it could cause reverse to not be fully engaged. The TCU doesn't control reverse at all, since there are no shift points and no need for the torque converter to lock.

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Possible internal shift linkage problems.

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Cannot engage transmission from first to second gear


Hi,
maybe has a broken linkage or the bolt came lose.
Check if you can engage hall the gears pushing the linkage by hand,engine ranning and same one pressing the clutch!that way you can have same idea wath is wrong?!

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