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Old 03-27-2013, 02:13 PM
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E36 stuck in "Manual" shift mode ???

I have a 98 323I Convertible automatic. When starting up the car and shifting into drive, it is in manual mode and is in a low gear. I need to immediately press the "A" rocker switch to get it to switch into first gear. See the attached picture...

What sensors and mechanisms control this mode? Does the transmission computer control manual mode? Is this a programming issue? Any input is appreciated!
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:36 PM
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Yes, it is probably a glitch with the TCM (transmission control module). It's supposed to default to the auto mode, so the fact that yours is defaulting to the "manual" mode means that it is not behaving in the manner in which it was designed.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:48 PM
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I took your advice and swapped out the trans computer with a tested transmission computer, the problem still persists. I also went ahead and swapped out the a/m button with 3 tested replacements just to be 100% sure. Are there any sensors, wires or computes that control the A/M feature? All input is welcome!
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:37 AM
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All fixed, red fuse was blown under the hood.
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Thanks for posting the fix. Props for sticking with it and figuring it out yourself.
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