View Full Version : 3rd Gear shift problems

08-01-2014, 04:45 AM
My 1990 Celica has an automatic transmission. Sometimes when pulling onto the highway/beltway and accelerating fast, the car won't go into 3rd gear. If I start slow, no problem. Anyone else have this issue?

08-01-2014, 03:59 PM
How is your transmission fluid? Full? A bit low?

Had something kinda similar on another vehicle (2002 Mazda 626 with the CD4E transmission) that would do the same thing. Hard shifts into 2nd gear, delayed 3rd shift and not always wanting to engage OD properly. It was a little low on fluid. Did a fluid exchange on it and it ran great. Whenever it would start acting up we'd just top off the fluid. Granted we shouldn't of keep topping it off, but we were just nursing it along (it had 200k+ miles on the transmission which is unheard of for the CD4E sometimes).