Won’t shift past 2nd gear . It drives normal to 2nd gear but wont shift into 3r

I have a 2000 f150 4×4 5.4L. I had it in 4 low while driving through thick snow one night. I got close to the house and was stopped on my corner and tried to go ahead and shift out of 4 wheel drive but couldn't turn dial it was being difficult. Finally it turned back to regular 2×2 drive but it was hard and it made a clumping sound when it did. When I drove the truck the next day it shifted from first to second gear fine but will not shift to third gear. What happened? Did something happen when I shifted out of 4 wheel drive the night before?
My car has an automatic transmission
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Hello – I don’t think this is related to switching back to 2WD per se. There is a shift position sensor on the side of the transmission, and it’s possible that the snow activity caused moisture and/or dirt to get into the sensor. I would recommend a transmission inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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This issue may be caused by a couple of different things. A gasket near the transmission filter where it mounts to the valve body could be leaking causing the hydraulics within the transmission not to engage second gear properly. On the other hand, a shift solenoid may also be at fault.
Hard, and sometimes impossible shifting into first and reverse is caused by the clutch disc not moving away from the spinning flywheel. This is commonly referred to as the “clutch is not releasing”. The number one cause is the hydraulic system that operates the clutch is leaking and has low fluid.
Faulty Shift Interlock Solenoid

Arguably the most common reason why any Ford F-150 won`t shift out of park relates to an issue with its shift interlock solenoid. Therefore, any time you notice your car seems to be stuck in park, we recommend investigating this part first.

Check the Throttle Cables

Changing the fluid solves plenty of transmission issues but if the problem of automatic transmission won`t shift into 3rd gear persists, the parts you should check are the throttle cables. A defective cable with excessive slack is likely to create issues with smooth shifting of the gears.

In an automatic transmission, slipping can be caused by wear and tear on numerous different parts. These include damaged or worn clutch plates, transmission bands, and solenoid packs. If your automatic transmission has been slipping, it`s likely a technician will replace some or all of these parts to fix the problem.
One main reason why the automatic transmission in your car may not be shifting smoothly is the ECM is going bad. It is best to get this checked out by an experienced auto mechanic technician who understands the electrical system. Other indicators include bad connections within, or worn out sensors and faulty solenoids.
If your vehicle will not shift out of first gear, the problem is not the fuses. The problem could be a shift solenoid, but more than likely, you have an internal transmission issue that will require rebuilding or replacing the unit. The 1-2 shift valve may be the problem.
However, just like buying any used vehicle—there are risks involved. Even in models that are well built and popular such as the F-150 model. One example of Ford F-150 models you should be wary of are those from 2009-2014 that are known for suffering from transmission cooler line fatigue and rusting.
Powertrain issues, problems, and complaints are some of the most common concerns that owners of 2021 Ford F-150 trucks have been experienced. Some of the most frequently reported issues include problems with the transmission, engine trouble, and difficulty with the four-wheel drive system.
Second gear works just like the first gear, except you should only enter second gear once you`re done with the first. Good scenarios for second gear are when you`re on a slippery road and need to lower your speed for your tyres to get a better grip on the surface. You can also use 2 for engine braking downhill.
The maximum recommended speed in 2nd gear is: 69 mph (110 km/h). This position is to be used when stronger engine braking is needed.

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Won’t shift past 2nd gear . It drives normal to 2nd gear but wont shift into 3r – 2000 Ford F150 4×4
ANSWER : Hello – I don’t think this is related to switching back to 2WD per se. There is a shift position sensor on the side of the transmission, and it’s possible that the snow activity caused moisture and/or dirt to get into the sensor. I would recommend a transmission inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Car in park shifter will move through gears but wont shift through the gears its stuck in neutral have emergency brake on so it wont roll
ANSWER : From what you’ve described, it sounds like the shifter cable came off at the transmission or the shifter. I’d suggest checking the shift linkage on the transmission to see if the cable came off. This is due to the connector end bushing falling apart and not being able to hold the cable on any longer. Some cables have to be replaced as a whole and as with others the bushing can be replaced to fix the cable. I’d suggest contacting a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, who can come diagnose your shifting issue and make the necessary repairs to your vehicle. Good luck.

My vehicle 2000 grand caravan. Wont shift into 2nd gear i have low when put in 3rd to try coming up through the gears it wont shif
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. When having issues shifting, the first thing you want to do is check the level of your transmission fluid. The hydraulic fluid is what allows the gears to be changed, and it is a very sensitive system if low on fluid. If you have not done a transmission filter and fluid change in the last 100,000 miles, then it is time to do one. This will also let you know if the fluid is burned, or has other signs of a bigger problem. It also allows you to inspect the bottom of the transmission once the pan is off and the fluid is drained out. The fluid and pan can then be inspected for metal shavings or signs that the transmission has failed. While it is technically possible that your control module could be failing, you would be having other issues as well. It is unlike your torque converter considering the symptoms, but considering the mileage on the vehicle, it is difficult to say without further inspection. For more help, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

my car gear is stuck in drive but the gear shift goes to park car is in acc postion wont crank or swicth to off to remove the key
ANSWER : Hi there, thanks for writing in.

It sounds like you most likely have a broken shift cable, or a failed shifter assembly. A failure of either part would allow you to move the shifter handle to park, while the transmission actually remains in drive. Because it could be either of these parts, I would recommend having a qualified professional, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose your shift issue.

My manual car won’t go into gear, it turns on and the clutch goes down perfectly fine. It happened after my gears grinded, the car
ANSWER : If the clutch mechanism is releasing properly, and the shift linkage is not malfunctioning, your transmission will have to be removed from the vehicle and inspected. Once a transmission has been removed from a vehicle, if the problem is a broken or worn part or parts, and the transmission has 100,000 miles or more, the most cost effective approach is to just simply rebuild the whole transmission. There are transmission rebuild kits that are sold just for this purpose. Rebuilding a transmission is no big deal and is indeed easier in many respects than rebuilding an engine. You can rebuild your transmission right in your own garage. You can NOT rebuild an engine in your own garage due to the highly specialized, and extremely costly, machine shop equipment required. Occasionally, mobile mechanics will take on a transmission rebuild job especially as once the mechanic removes the transmission from the vehicle, it is just simply a modular unit that can be easily transported to a mechanic’s shop and rebuilt right there and then returned to your vehicle. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

My car won’t shift past 30mph while driving and it revs up.
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My suggestion to you is to contact a local ASE certified mechanic who can give your car a complete safety inspection to let you know what needs to be fixed before you spend any more money chasing problems.

Erratic shifting, 2000 Ford F-150
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