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Old 08-15-2012, 10:05 AM
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Until it's fixed, if you're not already doing so, I'd suggest that you turn off overdrive manually before you try to pass or start up a hill. I'm not much help on diagnosing transmissions, but it might just be electronic. I wonder if you're Throttle Position Sensor (TPS), or maybe your vehicle speed sensor, could be having a problem. Basically, the computer constantly monitors the vehicle speed and the throttle position. Simply put, when you push your foot down, it detects the throttle opening up, so it tells the trans to downshift. I'm knew to these vehicles myself, so I don't know about the speed sensor setup(s), but if the speedometer is working correctly and the same speed sensor is used for transmission control, then it may not be a problem with the speed sensor.
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