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The fact that the readout on the dash was blank (archive)

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Posted by Bill R. on October 20, 2001 at 14:00:24:

In Reply to: 95 530i Trans Program Error - HELP ?? posted by Brian on October 20, 2001 at 12:15:19:

makes me think it was the shifter selector switch and if that wasn't working then it would set a trans program code. Don Gale has the procedure for removing and cleaning this switch on this link to his page, The only thing I would do differently is I would just use contact cleaner on the contacts i wouldn't lap them with fine sandpaper. And I would use some stabilant 22 on the contact sliding surfaces.
Ok this was pretty scary... Driving on the highway today and the Auto Transmission in my 95 530i made a loud kick and then TRANS PROGRAM came across my diagnostic readout. The transmission was stuck in high gear and would not respond to any shifting. The transmission readout on the dash was blank. I had to drive the whole way home in 5th gear which it was stuck in.

After letting the car sit for a little bit I started it up and the error was gone and the transmission seemed normal.

What happened?????


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