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Transmission fault light... vehicle in 2nd or 3rd, no

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Transmission fault light... vehicle in 2nd or 3rd, no shifting
JA: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?
Customer: Dash/instrument panel "Transmission Fault"
JA: What is the model/year of your Jaguar?
Customer: 1997 XK8, Convertable
JA: Are you fixing your XK8 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No, tried nothing yet... This started while last night, just before getting close to home
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: It's the first time, this has happened
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Jaguar
Expert:  FixItMan replied 10 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** you driven the vehicle since?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have not.
Expert:  FixItMan replied 10 months ago.

Thank you. I would check the fluid in the transmission first. If it is low then this can occur. If the fluid is really dark or burnt then it may be a transmission failure. I have also seen this occur if there is a lack if voltage in the system. A bad alternator or a failure in the battery cable connections can cause this so they need to be checked also.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
There's no way to check fluid level. It's a sealed system.
Expert:  FixItMan replied 10 months ago.

It can be checked through the drain but it can only be filled with the proper tools. If there is not a leak then the fluid level should be fine. Do you have a scan tool to check for codes?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No, I will have autozone run a scan
Expert:  FixItMan replied 10 months ago.

If possible bring me the codes and lets see if we can take another route on this. Hopefully the transmission has not failed.