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#567 of 812 stuck in 3rd gear
Jul 27, 2005 (6:14 pm)
Hi! I am new to this site and I am hoping I can get some advice. My 1990 Acura Legend is having some shifting problems. It has an automatic transmission. This happens totally randomly, usually when it is hot outside.... my car seems to be stuck in 3rd gear. When I accelerate from a stop, it lags, like I am starting in 2nd or 3rd gear. And when I am driving above 30 MPH, my RPM's don't go down, like I'm not shifting into a higher gear. Also, I notice on my dash that the "S3" light flashes.
Could this be a transmission problem or something easier? PLEASE HELP ME!! =) THANK YOU anyone!!
#568 of 812 Re: stuck in 3rd gear [baum]
Jul 27, 2005 (11:17 pm)
If you have a transmission light flashing (S3 OR D4) then the TCU (Transmission Control Unit) has run into a problem and logged at least one fault code. Have the code read by either an independent shop, AutoZone, or a dealer to start addressing the problem.
Also (regarding another poster who was responding to a message from 2000) not sure if you read the response to that 2000 message but......the D4 light does NOT flash for no reason. A fault code should be logged if the D4 light, or any similar light has flashed while driving. This may also be accompanied by "limp-home" behavior from the car.
#569 of 812 Re: 91 Legend Overheating Problem [crb2k04]
Jul 28, 2005 (2:09 pm)
Hey I have an Acura Legend 90, I am facing this heating problem for a while but I found an easier way to over come this issue, hope it works for u as well.
Check for the FAN REGULATOR SWITCH & try to change it , its not a costly part & may solve ur problem,
#570 of 812 Re: stuck in 3rd gear [lastwraith]
Jul 28, 2005 (7:23 pm)
Thank you lastwraith for responding. Hopefully its not expensive! I just spent $260 on some fluid changes and a Main Relay switch.
#571 of 812 Re: stuck in 3rd gear [baum]
Jul 28, 2005 (8:20 pm)
Yikes, that's a lot of money. You're welcome and I wish you luck.
#572 of 812 Re: stuck in 3rd gear [baum]
Jul 29, 2005 (8:10 am)
I was wondering if anyone else has had the same problem as me, and if so, what was the diagnosis of the Transmission Control Unit Faulty Code thingy.
#573 of 812 Re: Transmission filter? [smithed]
Jul 30, 2005 (7:49 am)
I have a 1990 Legend and the "S3" light flashes. Its like I get stuck in 3rd gear... Do you remember around how much it costs to get the speed sensor relaced? Does my problem sound the same as yours? (S3 light compared to D4 light)
#574 of 812 3rd gear and the vehicle speed sensor
Aug 02, 2005 (10:00 pm)
I'd imagine your Acura is similar to my Honda, when my Accord detects a transmission related problem it defaults to 2nd gear only mode (limp-home mode) to save itself. This means you start out in second gear (not a fast start) and it will not shift out of it even if you try to travel at high speed.
I replaced my vehicle's VSS (vehicle speed sensor) and it was under $70 for the part. It is pretty easily accessible in my car and it took me about 40 mins to change only because I had a hard time finding the right size tool for the job. I would not pay more than $200 to have this done. Anything higher is a severe rip off. At that point, get the part online and just have them charge you an hour's labor.
#575 of 812 No owners manuel
Aug 04, 2005 (12:02 pm)
Hello. I just recently purchased a 1991 Acura Legend and it did not have an owners manuel. I know I could spend some time and put in some effort to find out some things I am unsure of, but I dont have the time to do so. I was just wondering if anyone that does have a manuel would be interested in telling me some things that I would like to know? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
#576 of 812 Re: 3rd gear and the vehicle speed sensor [lastwraith]
Aug 05, 2005 (7:04 pm)
thank you so much for your help. i'm going to try it next weekend....i'll keep my fingers crossed! Kinda weird though.......it hasn't done it since i posted the last message.