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Overdrive light is on, transmission want go into 4th gear

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  • Justin Fitzgerald
    Justin Fitzgerald Nov 07, 2011

    I would need the year, make, motor type, and transmission type of your Volvo, to help you with this issue.

  • Marvin
    Marvin Nov 07, 2011

    AS STATED AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN IT IS A 1992 940

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THE TRANSMISSION IN THE MODEL IS ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED SO WHEN A PROBLEM LIKE THIS OCURRS IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE THE COMPUTER CONTROL UNIT SCANNED FOR FAULT CODES. I THINK IN YOUR CASE YOU WILL NEED TO REPLACE A PART CALLED THE "VEHICLE SPEED SENSOR", IT SENDS A SIGNAL TO THE COMPUTER TO INDICATE WHEN OVERDRIVE CAN BE ENGAGED, THIS IS ABOUT 35 MILES PER HOUR IN MOST MODELS.

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