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2002 Toyota Mr2 Spyder Sequential Transmission Problem
01-17-2014, 03:00 AM
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2002 Toyota Mr2 Spyder Sequential Transmission Problem
I currently Own a 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder sequential transmission. I started my car today, just like normal and started driving and after I was on a main road I realized my transmission warning light was on I was starting to go up a bridge so I had to continue there was no place to stop (cars behind me) and my car would it not change higher than 3rd right after I went down the bridge I stopped. I turned my car off and started looking for answers and praying with the cars manual guide. And I did not find any answers after No answer I decided to try to turn the the car back on and the light had gone away. I drove with no problem I just realize kinda a little wierd moving kick right when I change to 2ND. It was not every time. I went to were I was supposed to go turn my car of turn it on and of twice throughout the day no problem. Until, later at night I parked in the gym I go to left it there for a couple hours. when I go on my car turns on like normal I start driving and realize the transmission light was on again and it did not turn off. I pull over turned my car of turn it back on and still on. turn it on again and it was on no lights on the dashboard where it shows neutral or the gears. Turned off and back on and it showed now on nuetral. I changed to gear one position and it still showed as neutral I put reverse and I was still showing Neutral. I decided to turn it on and off again and out of a miricle it turned on perfect no lights on that stayed drove home which took 30 mins no problem. I am worried this will continue I dont want to my car to break down I am broke. and I can't afford to be taking it to the dealer. I just bought this car a couple months ago with 19,000 miles on it. Took all my savings. I think this has been happening because it is been really cold like weather wise. I think once it warms up it works perfect just that once in a while kick when changing from 1st to 2nd. I find that normal cause gear cars do that.
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01-17-2014, 12:03 PM
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RE: 2002 Toyota Mr2 Spyder Sequential Transmission Problem
Not really familiar with this car but the old saying "when in doubt, check it out" still holds true. You have the manual so read it. See what they suggest on how to check the fluid level and what type of oil is supposed to be in there. Making sure it's full and clean is half the battle with any transmission. After that the price of a fix goes up regardless of one's personal finances. IOW, just because you are broke doesn't change the cost of a proper repair.

Now, one other suggestion if the fluid seems clean and full would be to seek the advice of a local trany shop that may be familiar with this car. It could just need one of the sensors and a service. Sorry I can't give you more to go on.
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01-17-2014, 12:06 PM
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RE: 2002 Toyota Mr2 Spyder Sequential Transmission Problem
Although I have never worked on that type of transmission, I used to work in a transmission rebuild shop. Some things are kind of the same with all models. One of those things being that they won’t heal themselves. If the light is coming on & it’s not shifting, you need to have it fixed before it costs you a whole lot more for a whole transmission. A couple hundred bucks now could save you several thousand in a very short time!

You are right that cold weather can affect it. Cold weather causes a lot of condensation in the electrical plugs. If you have snow, it can build up on wires an pull on them. If your state uses salt to melt the snow, the salt can get into connections & plugs and corrode things.

Some simple things to check would be to look in the owners manual and read the proper way to check the fluid level. Low fluid can cause a lot of problems. Check all of the fuses. Blown fuses can cause problems. And if you find either of these things are the cause, think of why. Is there a leak that needs fixed? Is there a short that blew the fuse?

Another thing to consider is that if it only has 19,000 miles on it and you just bought it a couple of months ago, there may be some sort of warranty on it? The dealer may at least give you a good deal on diagnostics? Since the light came on there should be some codes stored that could point you toward an easy fix?

Sorry I can’t help more. Please let us know what you find.

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01-17-2014, 05:33 PM
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RE: 2002 Toyota Mr2 Spyder Sequential Transmission Problem
thank you so much!!! someone is going to plug the computer or scanner today. It could be a broken fuse or something hopefully like that. I just hope the transmission is not broken
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