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2002 Kia Spectra Question: 02 spectra 1.8 L , shift solenoid A code , possible limp home mode ? HELP !!

 

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wvwonder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Wheeling, WV, January 25, 2014, 07:06
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I had a cylinder 1 misfire code that was resolved by replacing plugs (used ngk's) and replaced the ignition wire that had dry (heat) rotted plug ends . Right before this was fixed the car started not shifting up past 2nd gear and the O/D dash light and shifter button quit working , I googled the symptoms and it seemed to resemble that it had put itself into safe mode (I assumed from misfire issue ? ) Anyhow I disconnected battery to reset comp and car is still having same transmission issue ? Could it still be in limp mode and if so any idea on how to reset it ? Or is it the "shift solenoid A" code that would be the problem and if so why would it affect the O/D light and button as described or could it be something like the RAM software upgrade that I have read about ? I feel it would be more of an electrical issue like a short or bad ground or something as the light will go on and off if let to idle in park long enough ?? Any and all advice here is welcomed ,I need to resolve this and trying not to take to tranny shop to get hosed ?
Thanks Everyone !!

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    ProfessorG January 25, 2014, 07:56
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    As a shop owner; Cars are getting more and more complicated in the way they function, and in turn shop owners have to invest in more upgraded equipment to be able to diagnose the issues with todays vehicle operating systems. The motto of fixing the vehicle instead of patching, or half ass repair, has a cost to it, that the customer doesn't consider. So with the comment of 'get hosed' is, in most cases by doing things yourself could cost you more in the long run, by replacing parts you don't need or creating more problems then you had with the original issue, it could less expensive to have someone who has been trained to fix your problem, then trial and error. That is why most of us here are certified technicians, trying to help with issues, and keeping some shops honest.

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    wvwonder, January 25, 2014, 08:37
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    Wow, Professor My intentions really were not to offend or provoke anyone ,I was honestly just looking for some insightful information / disscussion, but Thank You for making me feel welcome to the site!!
    Thanks again
    If anyone could help me with some ideas, I truly would welcome the response!!

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    ProfessorG, January 25, 2014, 08:50
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    I wasn't provoked, we are here to help, and there is no charge for the help, but we do know what kind of horror stories there are out there, and we aren't included. It's just the terms are used quite often, and people are afraid they will get taken to the cleaners. You are very welcome here, and the one thing that is needed in your case is the wiring circuit will need to be proved to eliminate another cause to A solenoid problem itself. It could be the solenoid itself, taking the time and price of the parts in consideration to replace it on a guess is not the way it should be done. Not to say you would, that's why you are here to find more information before jumping in to it. Another thought is to take it to someplace like AAmco for a free estimate to see what it is and what it will take to repair it.

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