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I was heading out to work and noticed the cursed blinking double wrenches on the dash. I then realized I was stopped and the trans was in 2nd, no 1st gear. As I drove around the block, it shifted to 3rd. At the next corner, there was no 1st or 2nd gears in manual or auto. I got it back home (thank god it was icy out) and parked in front of the neighbor's garage with plans of parking it inside and driving something else to work. I shut the car off and headed to get the garage door opener (neighbor is down south for the winter) When I got back and started the car, it worked fine. All the gears were there and shifted just fine. Been driving for 2 days now with no problems. No error codes, wrenches went away... Makes you say Hmmmm..

My guess is that it has been slushy/freezing rain/snow the past few days and I kind of parked on a big pile of slush overnight. I think the 1-2 shift motor got ice in it and wouldn't work right so the computer gave up on it. Once I drove a bit, it melted and everything was back to normal. Might be time for more protective grease in there.
 

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I was heading out to work and noticed the cursed blinking double wrenches on the dash. I then realized I was stopped and the trans was in 2nd, no 1st gear. As I drove around the block, it shifted to 3rd. At the next corner, there was no 1st or 2nd gears in manual or auto. I got it back home (thank god it was icy out) and parked in front of the neighbor's garage with plans of parking it inside and driving something else to work. I shut the car off and headed to get the garage door opener (neighbor is down south for the winter) When I got back and started the car, it worked fine. All the gears were there and shifted just fine. Been driving for 2 days now with no problems. No error codes, wrenches went away... Makes you say Hmmmm..

My guess is that it has been slushy/freezing rain/snow the past few days and I kind of parked on a big pile of slush overnight. I think the 1-2 shift motor got ice in it and wouldn't work right so the computer gave up on it. Once I drove a bit, it melted and everything was back to normal. Might be time for more protective grease in there.
Jim,

You might want to look at the clutch actuator :(

That is exactly what mine did at first ..... then was OK (for a while) and well ..... you guys know the rest of MY story :eek:

 

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Wow, that up close and personal full color high definition picture of your rust bucket was, welll, down right alarming. I'm glad that is out of your system. :D must be a really nice camera.
 

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Wow, that up close and personal full color high definition picture of your rust bucket was, welll, down right alarming. I'm glad that is out of your system. :D must be a really nice camera.
Actually, (just looked at the old thread, I DID take those :eek:)

WhiteNBlack08 took it while he was doing the R&R on it :)

He actually got it working again


Here's my thread to refresh that old memory of your :D

http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f25/p0805-clutch-position-sensor-circuit-problem-43409/index7.html#post496109
 

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The actuator was replaced when they put the new transmission and clutch in quite awhile ago. Been working fine for the last few days, 300+ miles and lots of shifting.
 
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