Unable to get car our of reverse

Tiny
KATHYMELANCON
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET VENTURE
Transmission problem 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 123000 miles

We recently had the battery changed.3 days ago and everything was fine. This morning when we got into the van, we started it, put it in reverse and when we went to put it back into park to run into the house to get something we needed, we weren't able to put it into park and the engine shut off. Now when we try to turn it on, it will not start and the gear shift will move but won't shift into any other gear. The light stays lit on the R and the reverse tail lights won't turn off either. Please advise to what you think the problem is and is there anything we can try to fix it.

Thanks!
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 3:49 PM

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Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,

Thank you for the donation,

I feel that this may be a selector problem, first thing to do is with the engine off, inspect the selector at the gear box, is it moving with the selector lever? Let me know what you see.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Monday, July 12th, 2010 AT 5:36 PM
Tiny
ANGIE SALAZAR
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Same thing happened to me and I have no idea what to do.
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Saturday, May 6th, 2017 AT 9:29 AM
Tiny
KEN
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Hello,

This sounds like a problem with the shifter cable being frozen and locked up. Remove the shifter cable from the transmission to see if you can move the selector arm and then the shifter. This should tell you what the problem is.

Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:31 PM
Tiny
JASON_2188
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET VENTURE
  • 230,000 MILES
The van stalls when it is put in reverse first it started bucking when it was done then it would stall but now as soon as I put the van in reverse it will stall right away could you tell me why
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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That is a good question. Have any warning lights come on?
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JASON_2188
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Nothing my change engine light was on but I reset it after changing oil it only seems to do it when the van warms up im stumped
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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It could be a bad torque converter, TCC. When it stalls, does it feel like you left the clutch out on a standard transmission or just shut down?
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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It was like dropping the clutch but now it seems to just stop its back and forth between the two
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Have the TCC checked. That stands for torque converter clutch.
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Ok if it is that do you have an estamate on how much they cost
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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I can't be sure it is that. It will need tested. If it needs replaced, I would say around 150. Based on where you live, that could be different.
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Ok thanks how do they test them
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Scanner.
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FIXITGUS
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET VENTURE
Transmission problem
2000 Chevy Venture 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

Hi I am havig a roblem with reverse on my Chevy Venture. I had a recon transmission fitted about 2000miles ago and I got the veicle stuck in a muddy field, I unisely quickly shifted back and forth from revers to drive untill I got out of the problem. All was fine for a while but slowly the revers became lower to engage and now will only move very slowly when cold and not atall when hot. All forward gears are fine. I cannot take the vehicle to the original installers as I have exported it to another country.
I guess my question is how easy would this be for me to repair the problem? And what could it be? Where can I get a repair manual that shows the brakedown of the transmission. Hope you can help as I will have to scrap the car if I can't fix it.
P.S I am a compatant mechaic but have never taken an auto box apart before.
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 5:32 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JAMES W.
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There is a "reverse band" inside your transmission but, it doesn't appear to be adjustable. The trans uses both the reverse band and the low clutch to back up. Being your vehicle moves forward in low, I have to say the band is bad. There is no external repair. It would have to come appart. I learned how to rebuild trannys out of a book. I'm surem you can to. The key is in keeping all your parts in order and a good book will help here. I prefer Mitchell or Motors manuals personally. Haynes aren't too bad either. Most good parts stores can supply you with a rebuild kit but bands are extra. Hope this helps.
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