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Top of worst cars kia carnival 2002 back yaurd mechanic

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Top of worst cars kia carnival 2002 back yaurd mechanic first shot car I've owned replaced rear main seal was ok now gutless no power till up in speed erging to go some reason when first start gears go normal then when pull up at lights only take off in top gear have to do manualy power I think normal,.fuel. But gearbox not cable not sure vacume or electric why wont kick back could I have not put a vacume pipe on or wrong harnest plug in wrong spot what would u think I did wrong first shit car I've owned I can make any car run pritty ok but I don't have much time any more 8 kids on pension now kid problems. What's do u think.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Australia Car
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Erging that's fuel I asume but gearbox not sure one day to next .
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What number may I contact u on ergent pmh apointments couple days 2 kids.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Please nead ergent help all our savings went on buying this peice of shit now got nothing not a good feeling.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 years ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

It sounds as if the transmission is going into limp in. When the trans controller sees an issue that could potentially cause damage or it thinks it doesn't have complete control it will lock you in a single gear, this will cause the sluggishness you feel when you take off.

The problem could be quite a few things including wiring, connections, solenoids, speed sensors, internal transmission or the TCM itself. The first thing I would recommend is going back and making sure all electrical connections at the transmission are ok and make sure there are no visible wiring issues.

If you don't see any issues then the next step from there will be to use a scan tool to see what fault codes are setting in the TCM, and electrical testing from that point will most likely be necessary.