The symptom I described only happens at that point. I did not have the shift problem scanned.
The following I did not mention because I didn't think was important or part of the problem. Even the repair shop says not related but could be wrong.
At a cold start there is a clicking noise but goes away before the shifting problem starts, the clicking was clicking before the shifting problem; sounds like underneath the hood but I could never have it checked because it was always gone before I could make to the repair shop. One person told me clicking can be caused by the purge but that's new. Only way I could have was to have to sit overnight at the shop and the owner starts it in the morning and I chose not to do that. Been clicking for months nothing happens and not getting worse.
Engine light is on. Comes on at random no set time with or without the shift problem happening. It says in one form or another egr (sometimes system failure, another time 52 sets, etc.) All parts that consist of that has been replaced. Symptoms that appear for egr or vaccum leak don't happen. Diagnostics shows nothing. Light started nearly a year ago, won't stay off after several attempts gave up and so did the mechanic. Oh and it never remains on once it's on, usually on few minutes or so off and stay off, resets on restart sometimes turn back on sometimes not at all. Light has been reset
The reason I ask if worth it or not is cause I already put too much into it so if expensive I would not: egr valve and solenoid, purge, mounts, pcm, map sensor, throttle sensor, 02 sensor, battery, oil n filter, tires, stuff to fix exchaust hole on tailpipe, tune up, coolant sensor, rear struts, wiper blades, carbon cleaned out, I can't remember but there was something on the throttle body that was replaced (some sensor / motor or something) that caused rpms to stay up and there might be something I forgot to list. Each of those was bad though one thing was done and then another went out process, if all of the above went all at once I would have junked it only if I had known.
Maybe i'm not feeling or hearing the current problem right but sounds like shifting to me.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 AT 7:12 PM