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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 01-14-2006, 01:47 PM   #11
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There are a couple of reasons that the Cars computer may start you off in second gear.. But if 2nd 3rd and 4th(OD) are functional, then it may be a tranny problem... You need to know what the PCM is calling for.. and if there are any stored codes as well... There arer transmission codes that will not set off the SES light... You could have a bad ground, bad PCM, bad VSS.... The list goes on...

The TPS will affect shift quality, and shift timing, but not first gear apply... I'd say wither the trans is shot, or for some reason the PCM has defaulted to a limp home mode... Untill you have a scan( a good one, not just for codes ) you may not have any idea of whats really happening..

In your vid it looked like the trans was pulling good and hard... So before we assume failure, lets look at what we can first...

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Originally Posted by fantastic88
it has the same trans and motor as a bonneville of its year
1997 Oldsmobile LSS 3800 SeriesII Supercharged V6 engine vin 1, 4T65-E HD transaxle w/ 2.93. Hmmmm... that doesn't sound like a 97+ SSEi does it?
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