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Old 07-10-2004, 03:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Today i was driving the car and a wierd light that looks like a gear with an exclamation point on the middle lighted up. This is the second time that it has happened to me. Usually it happens when i step on the gas kinda hard. The car looses a lost power both times the light came on. I would floor the pedal and the car wouldn't accelerate much. Today when it happened, kept on driving and when i got to the parking lot, i turned the car off and turned it back on. This seemed to fix the problem. I was wondering if any of you have had the same problem and if any of you know what the light is all about (seems like it has something to do with the transmission, hence the gear). I would appreciate any comments, thanks in advance.
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Old 07-10-2004, 07:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i gota a sneaky suspicion thats the ASC kicking in..

does it look like that?
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Thats it. Illuminates when activated. Sounds to me like it's working properly. As long as it goes out, no problem.
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Old 07-10-2004, 12:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The gear is your tranny light, The triangle is not.
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My light has the exclamation point, but instead of a driangle, it has a gear...
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That is your tranny warning light. Try shutting down the car and restarting it may go away.
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i had that same problem once, but never again. What causes this?
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usually abuse. age can also do it.
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Both times that the light went on i did kinda push the car. The first time i was late so i was accelerating fairly quick to get there faster. the second time i was on the freeway going at about 60mph and i switched the transmission to gear 3 and pushed on the gas a little, i felt power but i there was a guy in front of me so i let go of gas,i repeated this around two times when the light went on. So i was pushing on the tranny both times. Do you guys think that this damaged it, or that it is normal for the car to warn you to "cool down". I was thinking that maybe the tranny overheated or something. The second time it happened i turned off the car and turned it back on and it fixed the problem. The first time, after i came back from the event i was late to, the car worked fine. Does this light indicate that the trans is damaged, or is it a warning mechanism. Any comments are greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
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This isn't normal. I havn't seen this light illuminate ever, and I drive my car HARD, yet not quite abusive. (unless you consider heavy acceleration all of the time abusive...)
I think you should go into the shop to pull the codes to see what the problem is. The transmission could go out somewhere and leave you stranded.

Does this always happen in a certain gear? (EX: 1st?) or any gear when you stomp on the gas? If you feel like troubleshooting the problem yourself, you can put the car into manual mode and stomp the gas in different gears (at the correct speed...) and see which gears cause the TCU warning light to illuminate, but that could just help the problem.


You need to go to an auto shop, especially if it gets worse.
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