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My suzuki slips in and out of gear. i want to see if it's the sensor on the transmission

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Suzuki grand vitara 2000 2lt


lost engine power, or transmission slips????
which is it?
the engine rpm tells you if the engine is weak or transmission slips.
2.0 liter , DOHC I4, J20 engine.
which transmission, my guess A/T box. (sounds like?) sure..
test one
1: in drive. pointed in safe direction, say a field or ?
2: parked, hand brake and foot brake held hard and fast.
3: race engine to wide open throttle for 1 to 3 seconds.
and lift right foot. after noting RPM. quckly.
4: rpm below 2200 rpm is a weak engine , if the engine spools
wildly up to 3500 rpm or more, the transmission is bad. (slips)
this is called the stall test. (in the FSM)
2,300 - 2,600 r/min. for H25/J20 engine
stall test passes. so does the transmission reach 4th gear.
1,2,3,4? yes/ .no.
yes, the its not the transmission.
if engine power lacks in any gear, that is the engine. weak.

this post is about the engine power, (my answer)
will you change 100 more parts guessing?
why do that?, any shop can diagnose it for a fraction of your guessing.

if the trans dont slip
  1. over heating? the engine?
  2. never done a tuneup this decade?> really?
  3. low fuel pressure?
  4. low engine compression.?
  5. Bad MAF sensors or just dirty?
  6. check engine light on running?, why ignore that, scan it.
  7. weak spark , see #2 and 6
  8. leaking or clogged injectors. or stuck on, for 2 reasons.
  9. Intake vacuum air leaks>?


both the engine and transmissions are complex
as is the vast number of tests to do. based on previous tests and logic.
do you want to test or gue$$?


Oct 06, 2014 | 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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Suzuki aerio transmission


the A'T tranny can do like 30 or more things wrong,
fails hot or cold,? or both.
slip or flares in any gear?
will not up shift right
will not down shift right.
harsh sifting. in either direction.
skips gears. (limphome is top reason)

what to do. (well tell what it does wrong and good)
check fuse, in both fuse boxes.
SCAN the PCM and see all those TRANNY errors.? do that or fail.


Mar 24, 2014 | 2006 Suzuki Aerio

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Will not accelerate


will not accel, tells zero.
the engine has weak power?
or the transmission slips?
or will not up shift the 4 gears.


any mechanic can drive the car and in 5 min tell you which it is.

if the ENGINE RPM rises and the vehicle speed does not
increase in direct (transmission) relation to engine RPM then the transmission is slipping
or if the transmission does not upshift say so.
if the transmission is not slipping and will not ACCEL.
then the engine is bad, weak.

why not, take it to a shop and ask them to test it.
any ASE certified shop will tell you, some for free.

Mar 17, 2014 | Suzuki Verona Cars & Trucks

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Buy transmission range sensor


Suzuki sells it. (so do all major transmission,parts houses)
to use the latter the words on the trans plate need to be known (read)
if you need better help, you'd have to say EXACTLY
where said sensor is located.
my guess is the scan tool tool you its bad and you believe that?
the scan codes, DTC can be right , but let me give one example of not right. (very common)

the transmission , slips. (bad tranny)
and the input sensor reads right , but the tail sensor reads too slow. well gee, that is because the transmission is slipping.
find a pro tranny guy and get him to check that the transmission is ok, first.
Suzuki does sell a FSM for this car, if open that book , under transmission all this is here, and more, includiing how
to diagnose tranny on car and how to understand tranny DTC errors.
state the symptoms for better help, guessing will be costly.

Jan 26, 2013 | 2006 Suzuki Forenza

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Suzuki vitara power loss


Sounds like the transmission is slipping if it is an automatic or the clutch is if standard transmission.

Apr 05, 2012 | Suzuki Grand Vitara Cars & Trucks

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Transmission is starting to slip, where is the trans. filter and what kind of lube? gear oil 80-90 wght or trans fluid?


Lets see...gear oil is only used in manual transmissions and filters are only used on automatic transmissions...what are we talking about here?

Mar 12, 2011 | 2004 Suzuki Verona

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I am getting a p0717 code, when i am driving and have to stop the car if i try to take off on drive it wont move, i have to shift it to a lower gear for it to move.


P0717 - Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal.

P0717 code means that the computer isn't getting any signal from the sensor. Either the sensor is dead or there's a circuit issue (bad wiring, etc).

The computer wants to know if the transmission is working properly. So it reads the speed of the input shaft and compares it to the speed of the output shaft. It knows which gear you're in because it commanded the transmission to shift into that gear. So, with the input speed, the gear selection, and the output speed, the computer can calculate how efficiently the transmission is working. If the speed is off, it knows that something is slipping inside the transmission. It can then try to boost the fluid pressure to compensate. If that doesn't work, it sets a different trouble code.

Hope helps (remember to rate and comment this answer).

Dec 21, 2010 | 2003 Suzuki Aerio

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Slips out of drive


your transmission bands need to be tightened. this is a simple job and most any transmission repair shop can do it.

Oct 02, 2009 | 2006 Suzuki Forenza

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Gear is slipping


this is something that a transmission shop will have to fix. also sounds like the sensor on shifting of transmission isnt receiving proper shifting signal.

Jul 26, 2009 | 2006 Suzuki Forenza

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Car shifts to drive / slips / X is shown on gear indicator


I had this problem and had to replace the transmission range sensor. If you use a engine scan tool, I believe a code will come up indicating that it is a sensor. 2005 models are recalled for a problem with shifting and require reprogramming of the transmission control module. If you take your car to the dealership, they should be able to repair problem for $30 part and about $100 labor.

Jun 30, 2009 | Suzuki Forenza Cars & Trucks

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