Gear box not selecting

Tiny
SCOTT HAVERTY
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  • 2011 KIA SOUL
  • 1.6L
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60 MILES
My transmission will not engage any gears. It's a 6 speed semi automatic box. It drove then wouldn't engage any gears at all not even reverse. I really need help solving this problem.
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Monday, January 20th, 2020 AT 11:21 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

Have you checked the fluid condition and level? Does the gear indicator show the correct gear selected? Since it won't do anything, my first suspect is there is a problem with what is called the range sensor. However, very low fluid can cause it as well.

I attached a pic of the range sensor. This is what tells the computer what gear has been selected. If it doesn't work, the transmission will not engage.

Let me know.

Joe
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Monday, January 20th, 2020 AT 7:58 PM
Tiny
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Didn't work, tried both of what you suggested.
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Saturday, January 25th, 2020 AT 8:07 AM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Okay, then if I understand, regardless of the gear selected, the indicator is incorrect or not working. That would lead me to believe the range sensor itself has failed or you are no longer

Here are directions for replacing the range sensor. Now, before you just replace it, have a helper shift through the gears so you can confirm the linkage cable is connected and moving the shift lever. Also, make sure nothing is disconnected as far as the wiring.

Here are the directions. The attached pictures correlate with the directions.

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2011 Kia Soul L4-1.6L
Removal and Replacement
Vehicle Powertrain Management Sensors and Switches - Powertrain Management Sensors and Switches - Computers and Control Systems Transmission Position Sensor/Switch Service and Repair Removal and Replacement
REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT
Removal

1. Remove the battery terminal.
2. Remove the battery and battery tray.
3. Remove the air duct.
4. Remove the air cleaner assembly.
5. Disconnect the inhibitor switch connector (A).

Pic 1

6. Remove the control cable(A) from the manual control lever.

Pic 2

7. Remove the inhibitor switch and manual control lever.

Installation

1. Set the inhibitor switch to the "N" position.
2. Set the inhibitor switch control shaft to the "N" position.
3. Install the inhibitor switch and manual control lever.

Tightening torque :
Shaft nut: 17 - 21Nm(1.7 - 2.1kgf.M, 12 - 15lb-ft)
Bolt(2EA): 10 - 12Nm(1.0 - 1.2kgf.M, 7 - 8lb-ft )

4. Install the control cable (A) to the manual control lever.

Pic 3

5. Connect the inhibitor switch connector (A).

Pic 4

6. Installation is the reverse of the removal.
7. Turn the ignition switch ON after installation.
Move the shift lever from "P" range to "L" range, and verify that the A/T gear position indicator follows the transaxle range switch.

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Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe
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Saturday, January 25th, 2020 AT 5:18 PM

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