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Volvo 240 GL Transmission

My 240 would get stuck in third gear (auto) and I would have to push the button on the side of the shifter to make it change. Now it won't change into top gear at all. The button doesn't seem to work at all. Sometimes it is taking a real long time to change from second to third. I am currently still driving it to work but have to cruise in third. Any ideas? Thanks

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You have an overdrive relay issue. The tansmission is really a four-speed box, but the OD selector either locks our fourth gear or allows the car to shift normally into fourth. I use the OD on my volvo all the time, because the revs drop in half when the OD is activated, The relay is located behind the glove box, toward the center console. $10 buck on Ebay and your transmission should shift correctly again. I would try that BEFORE more expensive fixes, like OD solenoid $200 or transmission control module. Just for kicks a picked up a spare ECU on Ebay for $10 because these get costly if and when they go. Easy fix, though, a couple of plugs.

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SOURCE: Auto Trans shifter stuck in Park

Apparently there's a latch that catches the shifter, its a yellow piece of plastic (1992 auto 240) I busted it off cause it was gonna make me late for work haha! silly me didnt bother to look in the manual till it was to late but its in there and you can disingage it by sticking your finger in the shifter housing and lifting it or something like that - check your manual !

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Your overdrive relay is bad,but its just as easy to bypass this relay,and never have this problem again IPB sales an bypass plate.5e0ce8b.jpg

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The spring mechanism inside the button probably malfunctioned. Same problem with mine, and the mechanic wants to charge a bomb to dismantle the entire console to fix the jammed button. So I just live with the problem by simply pressing the lock release button, the little red button above the 'P' letter, to release the gear stick shift from Park to Drive.

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