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Exclamation Transmission not shifting into high gear.

Things have been going swimmingly for my '94 'corde, up until today, when it just started with the trans not wanting to go into 4th(?) gear.

Goes up to what feels like third gear then the engine just revs and revs but will not upshift.

It has been crazy hot and humid here and I was driving a lot around town, does this have anything to do with it? Car has 125K miles on it. No trans issues to date.

I checked the fluid while idling. -- Dipstick handle was hot to the touch. The fluid was up to the lower 'Hot' dot. Looked kind of brownish, yet thin. Am I looking at big trouble?

Can I continue to drive the car as is? Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advancee
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When my 96 ES did something similar, the trans was done.

With mine it went to shift into 3rd gear, then the engine reved and the trans didn't shift....but then my check engine light came on on the car went into limp mode. ( 2nd gear only)

It doesn't sound good. But did your check engine come on ?
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Have you done ah fluid and filter change sense you have owned the car?
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Have not checked ATF fluid or filter since I first got the car. Engine lights did not come on.

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You might try new input and output sensors and if it fixes the problem then do the fluid change.
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You might try new input and output sensors and if it fixes the problem then do the fluid change.
Other than changing the water pump and headlamps on this car, I am clueless. Where/what are the sensors?
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The input and output speed sensors are mounted on the drivers side of the trans heres ah couple pics so you know what your looking for.
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Cool. Gonna get the output sensor tonite, pick up the other when it comes in tomorrow. Is this a fairly straightforward job? Unclip/unplug the sensor from a wire and from the trans and that's it or????? Also, how difficult is it to change the trans filter? I've changed trans pans, etc, but never have changed a trans filter on any of my cars before...
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Yes unplug the sensor unscrew the sensor replace and plug in done.
the trans filter is not hard just buy the filter and gasket of you choice and once you drop the pan you will easily see what you need to do its nothing special.
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Awesome. Of course, the dipstick calls for Mopar brand fluid # xxxx. What more common type ATF should I use? (I'm used to old-school Ford-formula for my classic Mercs, and Mercon Dextron III for my GM sleds.)
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Im useing Castrol ATF+4 and my trans is very happy with it.
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Any brand ATF+4 will do just fine. It's a licensed formula, so I went with the most cost-effective in my last trans fluid change - SuperTech ATF+4 from Wally World.
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This ain't much help...but here's some pics/movies of when I changed my tranny fluid, filter and sensors...

It's fairly straight-forward. Use PB Blaster on the transmission pan bolts if they are rusted. Use a stubby wrench to get at the transmission sensors (I had my car up on a lift so I had an advantage when doing mine.

Link to my version of this type of job...
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That's a lot of help- thanks!
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I'm in Goose Creek. Let me know if you need a hand. I've changed the trans filter before.
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