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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Transmission Issue in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Today I was driving my car and notice a funny symbol came on. It got my attention because the moment ...
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    ronniearch2001 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Transmission Issue

    Today I was driving my car and notice a funny symbol came on. It got my attention because the moment it appeared my car had a hard time going into 2nd gear. I wasn't far from home so I managed to get home and park it. I look up the symbol I saw and it was the automatic transmission light. I tried to check my fluid but I can't seem to find the dip stick. I'm going to take it in for service but does this mean I might have to replace my trans??? I hope not because I just dropped $700 on getting the oil cooler fixed. So can somebody reply and tell me where's that dip stick located.

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    Re: Transmission Issue

    Its a sealed unit cant pull no dip stick

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    Re: Transmission Issue

    Thanks!!!
    After a couple of hours of letting the car sit. I went to drive it around the block. The car drove with no problems...the auto transmission light did not even come on. I have no clue why that happen earlier. Any takers??? Should I still have it checked out just to be on the safe side???

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    Re: Transmission Issue

    Cateras are a car of its own drive it and see what goes on save the money in case you need it down the road for repairs

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    Re: Transmission Issue

    I think my car does the same. I was told by my father-inlaw that's it slipping out of gear. When I pull over and turn off wait like 3 second turn on the light goes away and drives normal it only happens every once in a while. Today it happened and was first time in more than 2months.

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    Re: Transmission Issue

    I've had the exact same problem and was getting close to posting myself about it. For me, it only seems to happen in very warm weather with heavy driving. As others have said, stopping, turning it off, and restarting seem to "cure" it. Doesn't sound like anybody has any good advice on how to fix it.

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    Re: Transmission Issue

    What you are experiencing is the transmission's "Limp Home Mode". The transmission's computer senses a malfunction and locks out 1st & 2nd gears. Now that doesn't mean there's something wrong as you've discovered. Usually a restart will clear it and return the trans to normal operation. If it doesn't it could mean something requiring a mechanic's touch.

    It would be a good idea to have a fluid and filter change though. It's supposed to be "lifetime" fluid but a lifetime is only 100, 000 miles. It couldn't hurt, right?

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