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Old 03-05-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default 97 F150 won't shift out of second.

I bought a 97 F150 4.6l 4x4. It was running fine, no slipping, no noises. Now it won't shift out of second gear. I have been told the entire transmission needs to be rebuilt. I've also been told it may be a shift solenoid. Any suggestions or advice would be welcome.
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Old 03-05-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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Run a scan and see if any error codes are generated.
If you don't have a scanner, get one....Equus/Innova 3030 is an inexpensive one that should turn the trick.
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2nd gear is a good clue for "limp mode." Mine was stuck in limp mode last summer and would start of in 2nd gear, then shift to fourth at 4500 rpm, completely skipping third gear. Overdrive would then be sensitive, coming in and out sparatically(sp).
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i have the same problem my 1990 automatic 3 speed transmission will go into 1st and 2nd gear but will not even try to go into 3rd? is there anyway you can fix just that one gear or do you have to rebuild the hole thing?
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try disconnecting the battery and leaving it un-hooked long enough for the computer to do reset, may do the trick, its free, worth a shot lol
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can auto zone or somewhere see if its the overdrive solenoid?
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Pick you up a chiltons. Manual and it will show you. $25 at any respectable parts store. If its a valve body issue it can be corrected without a total rebuild. Also check your fuses! I've seen crazy things happen over a blown fuse!
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