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1993 Renault 19 - transmission warning light comes on and car stuck in 1st gear. Sometimes when the car has been running a while and warmed up, I turn off the ignition then turn it on again and the light disappears but lately it just stays stuck in 1st. Oil levels are OK. 18 months ago had similar problem which was fixed by installation of a new solenoid pack at huge expense, could this be the problem AGAIN?

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  • basinball Nov 15, 2010

    Hoping somebody else may have had this problem as well as I am 300km from my nearest Renault repair place.

  • basinball Nov 15, 2010

    I think you may gbe right and this model of Renault is a lemon. Looks like I did my dough with last years repair and should have cut my losses! Back to Corolla, I think.

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Unfortunately, each transmission has its weak link,......something which the manufacturer overlooked at being an overstressed component......and with the renault transmissions, the solenoid was it.
When the light disappeared, this was the intermittent stage of the fault, now it is constant fault that will not let the transmission perform properly.

I would say yes to the solenoid pack, but due to the age of the vehicle/transmission I would suggest a rebuild or second hand (low kilometre) replacement, as this will only cause a temporary bandaid solution if you just replaced the solenoid pack.

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Hello Basinball.

Anything is possible but you won't know for sure until the system is scanned to verify the problem.
It could be something as simple as a speed sensor up to another bad solenoid pack.
Many faults will disable your transmission to protect it from further damage but allow you to move the car to a safe area.
No one will be able to say for sure until it is diagnosed with the proper equipment.
I hope for you that it is an inexpensive repair.

Thank you for using FixYA.

KL

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