Transmission Fail - Stuck in 1st & 2nd

Old 06-24-2019, 06:09 PM
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Angry Transmission Fail - Stuck in 1st & 2nd

Hello Acura Community,

I NEED your help. I have a 2006 RL with 160k in miles with a dead transmission (so it would seem). I have done research saying that it could be a failed sensor, but really have no idea. I took a turn 90-degree turn on a city street, gassed out of it and got hit with a "Check SH-AWD" and then it shifted down to the 1st gear. I pulled over, turned off and restart it. The light went off but then would not get out of first gear. No check engine lights, no blinking lights whatsoever. In fact, from a dashboard perspective, it seems like everything fine.

I have tried shifting gears in manual mode and it goes into 2nd; but never the 3rd gear. I took it to a shop, who says I need a whole rebuild for $2,600. I don't agree with that statement, because it sounds like it could be a sensor or in "limp mode", rebuilding the transmission might not even solve the problem. I really don't want to take it into a shop after shop, hearing you need to rebuild without understanding why and if it could be something else.

PLEASE HELP... I really need this car to last me another year or two...


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Old 06-25-2019, 07:56 AM
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Have you checked to see if any codes have been set? Many auto parts stores will run a free diagnostic check to see if any codes have been set for free. That would be the place to start, I would venture to say that most transmission shops would "recommend" a rebuild.

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