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Transmission will not shift on 318il

Tranmission will no shift,after 1/4 mile a gear shaped dash light appears and vehicle stops pulling.

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  • pyro4life_20 Aug 18, 2008

    i was driving and my trans just stopped. i have no gears in the car and i was wondering if anyone could tell what it might be. the only gear i have is PARK...

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Check that your trans oil level is ok

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