Originally Posted by David W
It starts when you go to turn it on, the dash lights will not come on (part of the time) when this happens, the RPM gauge and speedometer will no work and the Check Gauges light is on. When this happens the transmission will not have first gear, only second and above and reverse, plus the power is diminished. I believe the problem is in the electric components and not the actual transmission. If I were to play with the wheel adjustments the dash/gauges will start working and the transmission works fine and sometimes they will kick on while going down the road, and only once to my knowledge, they have gone off. If any of you out there any explanations I would like to hear them. Thank You.
Your transmission is in limp mode due to a faulty ignition switch.
What is "limp-home mode" ? This is a fault mode in which the transmission either loses electrical power or the PCM deactivates all of the electronics. The transmission will default to max line pressure. The driver will have Reverse and 3rd, with manual 2nd available by putting the gearshift in 2 or 1 (doesn't matter). 1st, 4th, and TCC lockup will not be available. It will not hurt the car to drive it like this for short periods, but use manual 2nd to get the car moving, and be aware that the trans will generate more heat than normal while operating in limp-home mode due to increased torque converter slippage during 2nd gear starts and no lockup in 3rd gear.
This is a pretty common problem to confirm the cause. The simple test is to check for ignition voltage at the "Trans" fuse, #20, 10 amp at the fuse box. No power here with the key on and most likely the ignition switch is faulty.
This fuse is powered by a white wire from the ignition switch. Check there for power as well, with the key on. If power is not present, the only other test is for power on the red wire at terminal D5 of the ignition switch connector. It is easier to just confirm power on both red wires and not worry about terminal designations.
Start with that and post me back.