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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-08-03, 05:53 PM
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4 speed auto locked in "limp home mode"

Hi All, I have searched this forum and can find no reference to my XG ute with a 4sp auto locked in third gear (limp home mode).

Am I the only one who has experienced these problems???

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-08-03, 06:41 PM
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my mates na fairlane has this problem but it has somthing to do with his gas converson he did him self and removed the ecu silly boy
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tell me, does it happens in all weather conditions?
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I had this happen to my EL XR8. It would happen every now and then but really frustrating thing. Took car to local dealer that found faulty solenoids in the tranny. had them replaced and it was sweet then
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I had this problem not long ago, ended up being a loose negative terminal. So yeah, check all your earth points.

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post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-09-03, 05:24 AM
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Had a flat battery and changed it, put a smaller one in and when i started to drive it wouldn't go out of 3rd gear. Bought bigger one then had all gears. electronic gear boxs need full power!
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Yep, on modern ECU cars, you can say 50% will be component failure, and 50% will be a signal failure.

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post #9 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-09-03, 12:06 PM
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yea, had that problem when my speedo sensor was playing up.
Started out occasionally loosing speedo for a split second (sending gearbox into limp home mode) then eventually lost speedo all together! Needed a new speedo transducer.


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post #10 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-10-03, 02:58 PM
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locked all the time

Yes, the box is locked in 3rd all the time. I have a "professional" look at it yesterday and they said tests showed faulty solenoids.

I have had the pan off and checked the resistance of all solenoids at close to 80 ohms and checked the soundness of all connectors. Unless these solenoids clog their valve or something I don't believe that they are faulty?

I am seriously considering throwing the 4sp away and converting to manual as I am most certainly NOT going to spend another $3000 on this CRAP gearbox. I can buy a complete manual car (rusty) for $500 and in less than a day do the conversion and NEVER have to put up with this rubbish again!!!

What are the thoughts on doing this?

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