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Old 07-26-2010
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No forward gears!!

I'm back... Today I drove to the store... When I went to leave I put it in drive and NOTHING happened at all! I put it in reverse and it shifted into gear fine. So I put it back into drive and still nothing. Now I kept it in drive and after about 2 min it went into gear. But I have a fluid leak coming in between the block and tranny. HELP HELP
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did the leak just start?...did u try 2nd or 1st gear? maybe ur shift cable is loose or something and not engaging right...try going lower on the shifter and see if it grabbs...
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What kind of fluid leak? What is the ATF level?
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consider a auto tranny as 1 big hydraulic pump

when you have a leak ,, you lose power
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I had that happen to my truck 2 years ago. I dont remember what exactually happend but something inside the tranny broke and I lost all forward gears. $1600 later I had a new tranny installed.
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I have put it in all the lower gears, nada... Now if I put it in 1st or 2nd and leave it there for bout 10-15 secs it will grab and I can go. It has had a very small leak for a day or 2, nothing real bad. I even had my wife jump in press the brake while i disconnected the shifter and tried to shift it myself. Same results, wont go into gear.
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sounds like you have excessive pressure. If you have a gauge tap into one of the many spots and get a pressure reading and compare it with the specs.
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What year? Some of the transmissions are notorious for separator plate gaskets breaking and losing fluid pressure, leading to loss of gears, especially since you said it will after a few seconds, thats the time it needs to boost the fluid pressure to hopefully overcome the leak.
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