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My transmission is going into limp mode, i've been replaced the sensors and even the solenoid pack still does it. so now i'm cleaning and replacing all the electical connections. all i want to know is where is the ground strap located at or should be at? I read that that could be the problem also.

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are you getting codes for incorrect gear ratio and shift solenoids? if so then you are in need of a complete transmission overhaul.
However before you do that, check on the drivers side of the engine compartment under the battery tray is a wiring harness that runs next to the transmission, after a leaky battery and years of service, the pink wire that goes from the tranny control module, on the passengers fender, to the tranny gets corroded and brakes inside the insulation, check powers and grounds and if all is ok then bring it to a tranny shop, the sun gear brakes alot in those units, had the same problem on my cousins 3.3L and had to do an overhaul.
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This usually points to a sensor issue or a computer failure.

What diagnostics have been done with a diagnostic data scanner. If its in limp mode what codes did you have before and what codes do you have now. ??

And what year vehicle are we talking about here??

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