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Tranny won't shift

I backed up and when i hit the brakes the check engine light abs light and the park brake light all came on now the car won't shift from second to third or fourth any idea's would be greatly appreciated

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  • sumtin Jun 10, 2008

    i can drive the car all the lights are still on i'm suspecting the computor now

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Tranny mount broke
jarred the whole engine possibly tweaked the automatic gear ratios
have a certified trans mechanic do full run threw and do a replacement of all mounts at the same time when the work is being performed

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Check parking brake cables?? but you probably need some rear brake work.. when you backed up the self adjuster moved inside the drum..
computer might be limiting your motion until you get the brake light off??? or just the drag of the shoes holding you back.??

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