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  • karjunkie 01/14/10 9:40 am PST

    This could be a small or large problem. We will start with a possible cause that would not require transmission removal. If the car shifts from first to second, and then stays in second, never shifting to third gear it may have a number 2 shift solenoid that is failing to activate, or failing to seal when activated. This could be caused by a defective solenoid, wiring problem, or bad processor. If you have had any recent electrical problems as you noted one of the above problems is more likely. This same condition could also be caused by a stuck 1-2 shift solenoid in the valve body. I suspect it is the solenoid but you may just have a bad electrical problem that set off the gauge cluster problems you noted. To track this down in the easiest way is to go to the auto parts store and ask for a free scan through your OBDI port. This port is bolted under the hood on the driver's side fender towards the back. It's a rectangular black box.

  • brenten 04/22/11 1:11 am PST

    Check your fuses. Those trucks had a problem with blowning one of the fuses. It will be in the driver side kick panel. I still haven't worried about finding the problem, but it has only done it once on ours.

    Source: I am a Certified Automotive Technician

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