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#1 Old 03-14-2007, 07:54 AM
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2000 Stratus won't shift out of First Gear

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I have a 2000 stratus that will not shift out of first gear when driving. Reverse and Netural work, just when you put it in Drive it stayes in First.
Also the speedometer doesn't work either.

SOmeone mentioned it was a chip or soliniod... Any ideas to which part they maybe talking about? Is this something that can be done yourself (can do some work on cars)

Thanks!
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is it sticking in second maybe?

the transmission will go into second gear in the event of a problem
the solenoids are configured that way so that when a problem arises power is removed from all the solenoids and will remain in second gear while the shifter is in 'D'
this is known as "limp-in" mode, initiated by the transmission control module when it detects a problem

if you have no slippage or any other driveability problems chances are its an electrical problem

no speedometer is probably a bad output speed sensor
this will cause the TCM to enter limp mode. the TCM cannot tell how fast the vehicle is travelling and doesnt know what foreward gear to change to so it will switch to 2nd gear and stay there

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stratus stuck in second

Im having the same problem,everything else is working and some times it will work great then it will act like it slipped and wont get out of the gear its stuck in also the check engine light came on when this problen came about the car has 83,000 miles //Any answers will be greatly appreciated and very helpful many thanks
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Seems to be a common problem

Mine is doing the same thing.

The speedometer doesn't work until it gets warmed up, and it stays in first gear the entire time. after a few miles, ALL AT ONCE, the car will finally: 1) shift into the proper gear, 2) the check engine light will come on, and 3, the speedometer will start working again.

THe car will work fine while I keep it hot. The only thing is that the speedometer goes crazy every now and then.

It is a 2000 stratus with about 97k.

I'll post if I find anything, but let me know if anyone out there knows what's up.

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And the answer is... Speed Sensor

It was a speed sensor.

I bought both the input and the output speed sensors (2 parts). There is only one of them for manuals, but 2 for Automatic.

They are about $20 each, or you can pay about $90 for the parts and labor from a local Transmission shop.

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stratus

Thanks will give it a try,when they went bad did the check engine light come on? many thanks smitty
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Speed Sensor

Yea, the Check Engine light coming on is how you know it's a problem with the Speed Sensor and not the transmission. You probably won't get a Check Engine light if you have a bad tranny.

Also - just FYI - Replacing the Speed Sensors will probably fix your probalem, but that WON'T reset the Check Engine light. You'll need to have a service shop reset the code. I'm not 100% sure, but disconnecting the battery MIGHT do the trick as well... not sure... mine's still on. 8^) haven't tried it yet.

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