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Transmission won't Shift

My 1999 Dodge won't shift. If I remove the battery cables for approximately 5 mins. and then crank the truck, it will shift perfectly......just like it always has. But, If I just turn the truck off and then recrank it without removing the battery cables, it won't shift out of 1st gear. Hopefully someone else has already had this issue. I tried searching, but couldn't find anything with my problem. HELP!!!!
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My 1999 Dodge won't shift. If I remove the battery cables for approximately 5 mins. and then crank the truck, it will shift perfectly......just like it always has. But, If I just turn the truck off and then recrank it without removing the battery cables, it won't shift out of 1st gear. Hopefully someone else has already had this issue. I tried searching, but couldn't find anything with my problem. HELP!!!!
first off check your tranny fluid in neutral fully warmed up. The 47RE tranny's like any other tranny will not go in gear unlees it has enough fluid. If its down just a little bit it will not go into gear. The only other thing after that is have the truck checked for codes, could be a sensor or shift solenoid that you don't know about.
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Will it shift out of 1st manually? If it does, you might need to replace the governor pressure sensor and/or governor pressure solenoid. Been there, done that. Both parts are ~$100 each. Easy do it yourself project. Not much too it.

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Thanks for the ideas guys. I went to Advance Auto Parts to get them to check for codes (no check engine lights). Their scanner wouldn't communicate with my truck. So, I took it to a local tech who has a good reputation on diagnosing electrical issues. His Snap On scanner wouldn't communicate with my truck either (another problem for another day). He felt that it was probably a transmission speed sensor. He had one in his shop and offered to put it in while I was there just to rule out one possible problem. Well, it appears that that sensor fixed my problem. I don't know what one of these sensors usually costs, but when he told me I only owed him $40.00 total for the part AND the labor, I didn't care!!!
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Hey, can't beat that. Glad its fixed.

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Glad to hear it. They usually run about $23. I always keep an extra one with me, but have never had any issues with it myself. My friend had a truck that used to eat them which is why I keep one around. Only thing is, when he would lose his, he would lose 1st and 3rd.
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