you lost me. It’s an automatic, how do I put it in first other than by the linkage?Welcome, Nice lookin cruiser. I like those rims on there.
I would try putting it up in the air, engine off, and pull shifter into 1st. Then slide under and undo the linkage. Then try moving the actual trans into 1st to see if it is actually pulling into position. Probably is, but verify.
IF the trans is really clean and no other issues- the following applies, but if trans is really dirty inside or smells rough- it might be time.
When you swapped the solenoid, did you clean the pin and spring behind it ? If it was full of metal shavings the trans is probably toast. A little sludge is normal to clean and could be the issue. I cant remember the ohms reading but it’s best to check it and make sure proper. New parts can be bad.
Check for continuity between the to wires feeding it. If they have continuity the trans and truck harness are good. No continuity means bad wiring either trans harness or where it connects through the truck harness.
With that engine, I don’t know if I would swap to 4l80e. I LOVE the 4l80, but iirc the 60 has better gearing for the smaller engines and normally lasts a long life.
there are way better trans people than me on here- wait for their reply.
DO NOT BUY FROM MONSTER! What all has been done to the trans? Does it have everything except 1st? Sounds to me from your description you dropped the valve body out. You could have lost a checkball, misplaced one, broke/left out a spring, or messed up putting the 1-2 accumulator back in it. If you don't have one, get a manual. Transmission work must be kept sanitary and put together in the exact order.View attachment 64684View attachment 64684
So Grampa left us this 98 1500 truck, 4.3, 2wd, only 60k miles. It sat in a field, unused for about 10 years. Something built a nest in the muffler which caught on fore the night we drove it home.
This truck had chrome around the wheel wells, black rubber side trim with chrome strips. Rain guards, bug guards, running boards, dash mat, seat covers, various hooks. rings and hard points mounted along the bed rails. Like a rolling JCWhitney catalogue.
We removed all of it, welded over the holes, looks SO much cleaner. Bedlinered over bed and rails, lowering spindles in front, shackles and de-arced springs in back resulting in 4” drop.
now the problems: check eng light. 4l60 showing p-785 code, trans shift solenoid. First a and b. Then 2-3 shift solenoid, then, just to rule it out, trans wire harness. Truck never drops into 1st gear. Not even using the lever. Starts in 2, shifts normally into 3. Then back, but not into 1st,
People with better readers than mine assure me it’s in the trans, not electronics.
When we started trans fluid dark, solenoids full of goo.
After having it open THREE TIMES, with new filter and atf each time, it looked clean and nice, even slid a valve or 2 out of valve body, all looks clean....
Ideas? Opinions? It has been suggested that the autozone house brand solenoids might be crap, a and b were purchased there.
Junkyard trans swap? 4l80 conversion? Try replacing a and b again?
Monster performance trans? Bench rebuild?
I did solenoids and harness. Never loosened valve body. Fluid was a bit brown and thick first time we opened it to do a and b. Now that we’ve had it open 3 times, new fluid and filter each time, it looks spotless.DO NOT BUY FROM MONSTER! What all has been done to the trans? Does it have everything except 1st? Sounds to me from your description you dropped the valve body out. You could have lost a checkball, misplaced one, broke/left out a spring, or messed up putting the 1-2 accumulator back in it. If you don't have one, get a manual. Transmission work must be kept sanitary and put together in the exact order.
So you can get 1st, just not after it codes. That's quite different than your 1st post saying no 1st at all. So far which solenoids have you done? Can you post a picture of them? The p0785 code is not for a regular shift solenoid, it is for the 3-2 downshift solenoid located in the forward portion of the valve body.I haven’t attempted overdrive so not sure there. It currently won’t do 1st, even with the lever. Park it, turn it off, restart and it’s in first. Once it hits 2nd, seems ok, hits third, light back on, no more 1st.