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Transmission Issues Took my car to a mechanic to see why the check engine light was on. My car is also in "limp mode" and wanted to know what was wrong with it. The mechanic placed the computer on it and the reading was transmission solenoid. Can someone tell me what this is and how much is it going to cost me to get it repaired.

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  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    i have a neon chrysler 2001 16v automatic ,
    i can change gears from "P" "N" "R" AND ALSO INTO DRIVE.
    DOES NOT CHANGE INTO HIGHER OR lower gears when in drive. vehicle in limp mode after reset of fault . could the trans control unit be faulty?
    error picked up is selonoid 2 / 4 , auto elec says it is the TCU?
    not sure what to do?


  • terry evans Oct 15, 2008

    why does the2004 chrysler pacfica have a recall on their NGC-1 powertrain controle module for a A604/ 4 speed auto tranny, but the exact same tranny in the town and country which uses the sameNGC-1 power train control module is not included in the recall

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Most newer automatic trans use solenoids (electrical pressure switches) to help shift gears. In the old days, line pressure, caused by holding the pedal to the floor to pass someone or to take off and speed up changed the gears as the pressure changed in the valve body (brain to shift trans).
Limp mode is a safety feature to allow the trans to continue to operate in a lower than highway gear, like 3rd or 2nd to allow to get vehicle off the road or to "make it to the next exit"

The solenoids are attached inside trans pan to valve body and depending on trans may be easy to get too. Your vehicle should be front wheel drive and valve body will be hidden by the pan on the side of trans, most front wheel drive are. Depending on if you have a friend or family member mechanically inclined to replace because the wheel and maybe axle will have to be removed to get to it.

Cost depends on where you live, labor rates are different around the US. And the solenoid(s) might be a dealer only item.

When was fluid filter last changed? Some tech books will ask to start there because trash in fluid can clog solenoids or their in line filters (inside valvebody)

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