1997 Dodge Neon Car stciks in 2nd gear

Tiny
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  • 1997 DODGE NEON
Transmission problem
1997 Dodge Neon 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 89.995 miles

My car starts right up. It drives about a mile then gets stuck in 2nd gear and I have to keep pressing the gas and slow down and it rides ok. Someone told me it may need to have the tranny fluid deained, filter changed, the pan looked at for metal debris.I am disabled and live in the suburbs. I need my car desperately and I am on SS. Please help me.
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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 AT 3:18 PM

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Tiny
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You did not mention if you check to transmission oil level? How is it?
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Sunday, October 24th, 2010 AT 10:35 PM
Tiny
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I am sorry - yes the tranny fluid is full and pink. I would love to donate but right now I am on disabilty with limited income and I need my car to run to get to doctors, etc. I will put some money aside and make it up to you. Thank you
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Monday, October 25th, 2010 AT 9:32 AM
Tiny
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Do not worry about the donation, do you have someone to help you check you check the transmission?
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Monday, October 25th, 2010 AT 11:30 AM
Tiny
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My cousin Ralph looked at it, drove it around, and said it was def. NOY the sensor. He took a ride around a few blocks and showed me how to at least get to the pet store and grocery store. He said seems like the tranny fluid needs to be drained, the filter changes, and id the oan under the tranny has metal parts and debris it it then I need a new tranny? I don't know anyone to brong it to and best part? No credit or money. I am disabble, cannot get around without my car, and live in the suburbs. So the nearest store is about 4 miles away. Help me please?
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Monday, October 25th, 2010 AT 11:39 AM
Tiny
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Have your cousin Ralph do the basically diagnostic

DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURE When performing vehicle diagnosis, the following must be done:
Ensure transmission/transaxle fluid level is correct and not contaminated or aerated.
Ensure throttle valve and shift linkage or cable are properly adjusted. See appropriate TRANSMISSION SERVICING - A/T article.
Ensure battery is fully charged.
Ensure all electrical connections at transaxle/transmission, PCM and all sensors and switches on engine are clean and properly installed. Retrieve DTCs. See RETRIEVING DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES. Repair DTCs in the order displayed.
Always perform appropriate verification test after repair is completed.
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Monday, October 25th, 2010 AT 11:50 AM

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