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My car won't shift out of 3rd gear in drive

When driving my car in "Drive" it is in third. I know this because I can start driving from a complete stop and from 1st to 2nd and finally 3rd. I matched the RPM's with the same pattern in DRIVE. So, when I'm in drive it is forever **** in 3rd gear. So, I can't start from a complete stop in Drive because it won't go. But, as above I can start in 1st.

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    theacakadrph Sep 05, 2012

    I forgot to add it's a 2000 VW Jetta 2.0

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The Engine and Automatic Transmission (not applicable to manual transmissions) in this vehicles drive train are fully electronically controlled by a computer called the PCM and TCM (Power Train Control Module, Transmission Control Module). When a problem like this or other drive-ability related problems occurs the computer stores a record of the problem (there are of course some exceptions to this, like the fuel pump, engine coolant temperature sensor and MAF sensor for instance) in the form of a fault code in its memory, to read these fault codes you must have the systems memory scanned with a special tool. Once the fault code(s) are read you then must perform the appropriate diagnostic testing to find and resolve the problem(s) DO NOT REPLACE ANY PARTS UNTIL A TRAINED TECHNICAIN HAS DIAGNOSED THE PROBLEM TO AVOID SPENDING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY ON PARTS THAT MAY NOT CORRECT THE PROBLEM. Also always check fuel pressure for correct spec for your make and engine type.

Posted on Sep 05, 2012

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SOURCE: wont shift into drive

Have you changed the fluid & filter lately? Start there, much cheaper fix than anything else.

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SOURCE: 1994 nissan sentra shifting hard

change fluid in trans add lucas for trannys let me know if theres metal in the pan or if you have trouble tell fixya bout me ok

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SOURCE: 2002 - Starts off in third gear and stays there.

Transmission speed sensor located on trans. is malfunctioning, replace.

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SOURCE: Transmission not shifting properly

a car im looking at has the same problem did you figure out how to fix it?

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SOURCE: my 2003 gmc sierra 1500

could be the switch on the trans or the pump may have went out, or something is wrong with the valve body inside the trans

Posted on Sep 02, 2010

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