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Old 01-19-2006, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I took a chance yesterday and drove my 323 into town in a snowstorm. I usually drive my 4WD P/U during such weather events, but I have driven the car a couple of times when there's snow on the roads. Well, I knew I was in trouble after a couple of miles. The snowfall rate was increasing, there was a base of packed snow on the road and it was warm enough to make it slick as a smelt. I knew I wasn't going to be able to get back up the grade to my neighborhood, so I pulled off the roadway and "chained up". Chain installation requires a bit of moving the car backward and forward over the chains on the ground and I was able to do this enough, in the snow, to get the chains on.
However, when I got the car back in my garage, it would not move backward when I put the selector in the R position and reved the engine... it feels like it's in neutral. I'm pretty sure I didn't abuse the transmission too badly with my chain installation and called a transmission shop to see if they might be able to help me figure out what was the problem. They told me that I probably just need to have the transmission "reprogrammed". Does anyone know if this is, in fact, likely the case? Is this something that an owner might be able to do? Is this function associated with OBD2?
Any help with this problem will be greatly appreciated. Tom
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I took a chance yesterday and drove my 323 into town in a snowstorm. I usually drive my 4WD P/U during such weather events, but I have driven the car a couple of times when there's snow on the roads. Well, I knew I was in trouble after a couple of miles. The snowfall rate was increasing, there was a base of packed snow on the road and it was warm enough to make it slick as a smelt. I knew I wasn't going to be able to get back up the grade to my neighborhood, so I pulled off the roadway and "chained up". Chain installation requires a bit of moving the car backward and forward over the chains on the ground and I was able to do this enough, in the snow, to get the chains on.
However, when I got the car back in my garage, it would not move backward when I put the selector in the R position and reved the engine... it feels like it's in neutral. I'm pretty sure I didn't abuse the transmission too badly with my chain installation and called a transmission shop to see if they might be able to help me figure out what was the problem. They told me that I probably just need to have the transmission "reprogrammed". Does anyone know if this is, in fact, likely the case? Is this something that an owner might be able to do? Is this function associated with OBD2?
Any help with this problem will be greatly appreciated. Tom
Open the "search" function in bar above and type in it"2001 330 Ci Tranny Problem (Reverse Gear)", you will get lot of info on this kind of transmission issue.
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