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Old 04-13-2012, 11:09 AM
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Trans stuck in 4th gear

Yesterday I was going down the road doing 55mph and my trans(torqshift) dropped into 4th and wouldn't down shift. I had to use a jumper wire to start it even. We're thinking a stuck solenoid or something but not sure. Anyone help shine light on the subject?

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:33 PM
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What do you mean that you had to use a jumper wire to start it? Are you sure that your shift cable didn't break and stick the trans into manual 3rd?
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I can shift the trans into reverse but it's stuck in 4th when forward. Basically I had to jump the starter bc the computer thinks its in 4th.


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Old 04-15-2012, 06:02 AM
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Try Unplugging the fan clutch.
I know it sound weird but try it
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Any codes? Does your tow/haul light flash on and off? Could also try disconnecting the batteries for a couple of minutes.
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If you had to jump it then I would be suspecting an issue with the transmission range sensor. You need to get it on a scanner, check codes and see if your range sensor reading matches the indicator on the dash.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:05 AM
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Another twist is that I did a cummins swap so I have a pcs controller so no fan clutch either.


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Yesterday I was going down the road doing 55mph and my trans(torqshift) dropped into 4th and wouldn't down shift. I had to use a jumper wire to start it even. We're thinking a stuck solenoid or something but not sure. Anyone help shine light on the subject?

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Technically speaking, if it shifted out of overdrive, it's in 5th gear. The TorqShift is actually a 6 six speed transmission that only uses 5. More confusing is that it shifts like a semi:
1st___ 3.10
1stOD_2.20 (2nd)
2nd___1.53 (3rd)
2ndOD_1.09(4th)
3rd____1.0 (5th)
3rdOD_0.71(6th)
But because 2ndOD (or 4th gear) is 1.09, it skips to 3rd (or 5th gear), 1:1. Unless is like below zero, then it uses 4th, but shifts to 6th. This is why the SCT programmers ask for 3-5 and 5-6 shift pressure preference.

Depending on pedal pressure, if it only down shifted once, it could have just unlocked the converter because my converter is usually locked by the time I hit 55 and it feels like a gear shift.

Speculation aside, you should be able to manually shift between 1st and 3rd on the column, if not, you have solenoid and/or transmission issues. I bought a rebuilt valve body off eBay for $250 that included all 7 solenoids and wiring harness. Ultimately my clutches were shot, but this may be a place for you to start.

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