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Old 08-31-2009, 10:44   #1 (permalink)
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01 Sable Transaxle Light Flash

I have an 01 Sable and just recently the car began to not want to shift ito I believe 4th or OD. The car will shift smooth and fine, but not into 4th or OD and will accelerate but never shift. Could this be a sensor? I have taken it to Auto Zone but nothign other than a code showing a vac leak, which I still can not find yet. I had the fluid changed about 70k ago the car has 184k on it all hwy, the fluid is full, good color no smell. Any help would be great. you can e-mail me direct at mturner476@aol.com
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Old 08-31-2009, 15:29   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 01 Sable Transaxle Light Flash

For a "No upshift to 4th" there aren't any sensors as such. The causes are: shift linkage, overdrive servo assy., main valve body, accumulator assy., support assyembly-driven socket, or overdrive band. It would probably be a good idea to take it to a reputable shop.
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I have an 01 Sable and just recently the car began to not want to shift ito I believe 4th or OD. The car will shift smooth and fine, but not into 4th or OD and will accelerate but never shift. Could this be a sensor? I have taken it to Auto Zone but nothign other than a code showing a vac leak, which I still can not find yet. I had the fluid changed about 70k ago the car has 184k on it all hwy, the fluid is full, good color no smell. Any help would be great. you can e-mail me direct at mturner476@aol.com


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Old 09-01-2009, 11:45   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 01 Sable Transaxle Light Flash

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The only fuse box I can find is under the hood of set to the drivers side, there is no internal box inside the car; the fuse located in 32 is a rather large one black in color. Is this the correct location?

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I would like to add that once the transaxle light begins to flash which only happens if driven hard (quick acceleration) after what I think is 3rd gear, the car will then begin to shift hard if stopped at a traffic light then going again, but never going into what I think is 4th or higher. Now the shifting hard will stop if I pull over turn off the car and restart it.

Thank you to the both of you I am going to use both advice once I find out the fuse location.

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Re: 01 Sable Transaxle Light Flash

If it doesn't do it all the time, the fuse probably isn't it. Since it happens after driven hard, maybe a trans service will help. Replace the trans. filter and fluid and you might have the problem solved.
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The only fuse box I can find is under the hood of set to the drivers side, there is no internal box inside the car; the fuse located in 32 is a rather large one black in color. Is this the correct location?

RTG,
I would like to add that once the transaxle light begins to flash which only happens if driven hard (quick acceleration) after what I think is 3rd gear, the car will then begin to shift hard if stopped at a traffic light then going again, but never going into what I think is 4th or higher. Now the shifting hard will stop if I pull over turn off the car and restart it.

Thank you to the both of you I am going to use both advice once I find out the fuse location.

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Inside fuse block is under left side of dash by the way, to the left of the brake pedal. There may be a tall black cover over it.
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Re: 01 Sable Transaxle Light Flash

Ok, sorry for not posting any new info, but due to lack of funds (unemployed) the ability to have addtional 75-100 for simple service checks at tranny shops is very tough. Any how I was able this morning withthe assistance of a friend visit a mechanic who was able to code out that the Tranny is showing improper gear ratio.....He also believed this is an electrical issue. Has anyone come across this type of codeing? I am not sure of the numbers of the code, but again was advised that it is showing gear ratio errors.

Knowing this now is a sensor the right thing to be looking for? I also know that all sensors are in the housing of the tranny & based on this type of info can any one ball park a rough cost?

Oh and I pulled out the number 32 fuse in the inside fuse box but it showed no visable signs of being damaged.

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Ok group I just returned from a tranny shop that drove the car and had the comp hooked up etc, I have been told that the car is shifting into 4th but the comp is not recognizing it. They have stated that it is possible a selinod has gone bad there are 3 from what I understand, but 1st suggest that they do a service which would include droping the pan and upon that if anything showed up in the pan then go for the selinod change out, leaving still a possible throttle body issue. Question would I be simply better off with attemtping to purchase a used low mileage tranny and having that installed. I was quoted at 600 to do the service and change out the selinods?

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Re: 01 Sable Transaxle Light Flash

Why change all three solenoids if one is sticking. I'd get a second opinion. The trans service is important to have done. That can be done and see if the solenoid quits sticking. A replacement trans, unless it's rebuilt. could ave a problem and need repairing. Usually it runs around $2300 for a rebuilt, depending on where it's done.
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