: 2002 Escalade Won't Shift Out of 1st

03-08-08, 04:57 PM
My vehicle just started having trouble at a stop sign 2 weeks ago, I went to take off and it wouldn't shift until I left off the gas. Also at the same time the check engine light came on. I took it to the dealer and the code was for an irregular shift. I had them change the tranny oil and filter, but to no avail. Also, mechanic was surprised he didn't see anything in the oil. Now the truck will not shift out of first for my wife. Is there anything else we could possibly try before forking down the cash for a new transmission? We never towed anything with it and it only has 47,000 miles on it, how common is this?.

03-08-08, 05:22 PM
That's pretty low miles for a 2002. Are you the original owner?

03-08-08, 05:29 PM
No, we purchased with like 17000. We don't drive much.

03-08-08, 10:11 PM
Sounds like the beginning of the end. My 03 was starting to miss shifts (or drag them out) for quite some time. It started to not shift out of 1st gear until I let my foot off the gas (like you said.) I had to rebuild my tranny. I had 60k miles though. It was $1400 through my local mechanic (handles all of the company cars) who sent it to his tranny guy. The dealer want $3400 to put in a rebuilt tranny with 3 year 30k warranty.

03-10-08, 01:08 PM
Rebuld it, you are still in factory warranty..

03-10-08, 01:23 PM
No warranty being it is an 02.

03-11-08, 01:19 PM
I don't know what to tel you. Big three performance in Waukesha wisconsin said that they would do mine for me. It is alot better sounding then having amco or a dealer do it. They will upgrade to gm heavy duty plates and solinoids. Is it your daily driver?

03-15-08, 02:17 PM
I have it at the dealer, they ordered a certa (sp?) to put in. After it was installed they realized the certa tranny was bad also. Now they are rebuilding the certa. I get a 3 year warranty with the certa, I plan on dumping the Escalade and buying a 2007 in the next year or so.

03-17-08, 07:56 AM
Certa? Is that the brand?

03-17-08, 08:13 AM
No, its an acronym for GM certified tranny.

03-17-08, 09:51 AM
Thanks for that info. :)