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    Problems starting & Tranmission Light

    Well, I'm glad I found this sight~ I'm sure I will visit frequently!

    About 4 weeks ago I had to replace the transmission in my '99 Catera. Now my Catera cranks but will not start. I tried a few times & got it started BUT my transmission light was illuminated!!! Yes, the NEW transmission. I attempted to drive my car but it wouldn't drive faster than about 15mph.

    I had it towed to the dealer yesterday afteroon & today they said the problem was due to a "bad set of crank sensors." Could the crank sensors cause my transmission to slip??

    Need help~

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    Thats im guessing, is a MAJOR transmission fault... somethings not working right mechanically or theres something electrically wrong with the transmission put in there. That shouldnt happen. Have them scan for codes and then figure out if the transmission is bad which it is. It was somehow installed improperly... your engine should be ok, but the torque converter on the transmission and probably the transmission itself are totally k.o'd. Hopefully your engine isnt damaged...

    Im gonna guess that it was a bad install, could be due to forgetting to put fluid in the torque converter or something else is wrong with the tranny.

    Do not drive it anymore until its fixed ... further damage will cause more $ in repairs.

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    Re: Problems starting & Tranmission Light

    well, its me again.. talked to the dealer & here's what they said.

    Both problems were due to the "bad crank sensors." they checked the transmission & said it is working fine. they have test driven my car for a total of 40 miles & haven't had a problem. they are going to do another test drive this afternoon.

    Their resolution: the transmission code was due to "insufficient speed" which was due to the "bad crank sensors." the crank sensors "rev" the engine which then turns the transmission. Since the "crank sensors" were not functioning properly it was not "revving" the engine to it's "proper revolutions." the transmission then could not respond resulting in my tranmission light being illuminated.

    does that sound about right?? I'm not a mechanic but it sounds right?!? still LOL

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    Re: Problems starting & Tranmission Light

    Huh... so is this to say it goes over 15 mph now? What happened with that, was it just a phase?

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