My 98 2wd Rodeo that I love, out of no where gave me trouble this
Starting it up it went into reverse fine..but when I put it into drive
and tried to go..
the parking brake light and the battery light both came on at the
dash. And the car
does not want to move. My first instinct was to check the parking
break, but that
did nothing. The shop says it would require going on to a scanner and
there's a hefty charge
Has any one had this happen? Any suggestions?
Make sure the alternator hasn't gone bad and is putting out too much
voltage. I had the alternator flake out in our 94 Trooper...when it did,
you could see the voltage gauge jump up, and the "check transmission" light
came on and it kicked into 2nd gear or whatever for limp mode. It typically
only lasted a few seconds though. With transmissions these days being so
electronically controlled, a low or high-voltage problem could cause all
sorts of issues.
If you can get it to drive down the road, I hear Autozone will put a scanner
on it for no charge. Never tried it myself though...
In this day and age, hooking a car up to a computer should be a normal thing
without a crazy high charge. Aside from that, any competent mechanic should
be able to think a bit before they run to hook up the computer...
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