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Have 97 bravado it does not have 1st gear and won't shift on

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Have 97 bravado it does not have 1st gear and won't shift on its own
JA: How old is the transmission? Have you checked the brake switch?
Customer: Factory 19 years and no what and where is that
JA: What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: 1997 Oldsmobile bravada
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Lol nothing yet and yes I do all my own work just was wondering where to start was going to do fluid filter and shift modeles
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: That's about it has all gears but first if I manually shift it but put it in drive it stays in drive won't shift
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 12 months ago.

Hi, I’m Ron and I’ll be helping you today.
Before we get started though, Please understand that I don't know
your skill level or tools you have to assist us. Also understand that
I can't see, smell, hear, or touch the vehicle either, so patience is
appreciated. JA is a great Q/A site, but it does NOT replace a
repair shop.
My goal is to make you happy and get a great rating in return for
my time. Sometimes I have to give you bad news that I know you
didn’t want to hear, so please don’t shoot the messenger.

We need to start with some basics like checking the fluid level and color, then move on to checking the shift solenoids in bidirectional mode with a scan tool. Then drop the pan checking for any metal shaving, check the valve body and then the clutches if you haven't already found the problem in the first steps.

Thanks, Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 12 months ago.

Hi again, I'm just doing a followup to see if you have any more questions.

Thanks again, Ron