My 2000 dodge stratus has not been shifting out of 1st what is wrong?

Asked by May 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM about the 2000 Dodge Stratus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

it progressively gets worse in the beginning with a little difficulty going from 1st to 2nd then throughout the day it
has a horrible time shifting. i can do a quick fix by resetting the computer if i undo the battery for ten minutes then
hook it back up, everything is fine unless i accelerate to fast then the problem starts all over again.

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Any codes come up? Fluid level good? Low fluid level will contribute to shifting issues. Look at your owners manual on the proper way to check it. (Engine warm, level surface, in the cross hatched area of the dipstick) Maybe it could be a speed sensor or a transmission shift solenoid. You'll need to drop the transmission pan to check the shift solenoid. This way you can also replace the old fluid. I'd have a mechanic look it over for you before you do any more damage to the trans.

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