Thanks for answering. How will they know if it is just the shift solenoid? This mechanic thought the whole transmission was blown but it shifts fine in gears 1, 2, 3....does that give any clue? Also, grease monkey had checked the fluid and it was a nice pink, not full of metal or brown. Dealers are just so expensive. Don't know where to go with it. Car is in such great shape otherwise. I don't want to spend $3200 nor can I afford it.
p.s. I will pay if I get some more concrete info. Thanks
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Different tech here, do you still want to work on this issue?
Okay lets try and see whats failing that way i can tell what extent of a repair is needed.
The harsh engagement into reverse is for sure a faulty solenoid pack. All of the solenoids are mounted together and only replaceable when replacing the complete pack.
For no 4th gear, this means the shift solenoid A is mechanically stuck and not turning off or the direct clutch is leaking fluid pressure or the clutches are burnt up.
In reverse the solenoid A must turn off and the direct clutch must also turn off, however fluid flow is directed in different ways to achieve reverse than when shifting from 3rd to 4th.
Since reverse does in fact work but has trouble this does mean the direct clutch can function. So far I would remove the pan and replace the fluid and filter and solenoid body and I am 90% confident this will solve the concern. At a dealership this bill will be about 600$