95 Stratus ES Stuck in 2nd Gear
I have a 1995 Stratus ES with the 2.5L V6 and automatic transmission.
A couple of months ago it would intermittently get stuck in 2nd gear. Turning the car off and back on again would usually solve the problem. It was taken to the dealer, but they couldn't recreate the problem. They said mechanically everything was fine and it was probably something electronic. The check engine light never came on and they didn't mention finding any codes. Since then, the problem has become more frequent and at one point the speedometer needle made a complete revolution and is now sitting below the pin where it usually rests at 0 mph.
After reading this forum, I suspected it might be related to the speed sensors on the transmission. I found the sensors online for about $20 each and it sounded like a simple fix so I shelled out $25 for the Chilton Manual thinking it was worth trying. The dealer wanted $140 to replace them.
Unfortunately, I could not find the sensors in the manual so now I'm back to square one. Before going back to the dealer, I figured I should run my questions past the experts in this forum. So...
1. Do the symptoms I described point to the transmission sensors or something else?
2. Where are the sensors located and is replacing them a simple do it yourself job or should I take it back to the dealer?
3. How do I fix the speedometer needle? An acquaintance said to try removing the instrument cluster and turn it upside down to see if gravity could help move the needle to the top side of the pin.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.