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Old 07-26-2009, 12:58 AM   #1
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Angry 4l80e no reverse

I HAVE A 1998 CHEVY PK 3/4 TON

WITH A 454 AND 4L80E TRANNY


ALL OTHER GEARS WORKING BUT

REVERSE WILL NOT WORK

HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH REVERSE PRIOR...JUST STOPPED


I'V ALREADY DROPPED THE OIL PAN..NO SIGNS OF METAL SHAVINGS OR VISABLE DAMAGE

UNABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE REVERSE


CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ASSIST ....

THANKS
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:40 AM   #2
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weird... I dont know if theres a separate clutch pack for reverse but there could be a seal that gave up?

how many miles?
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about 120000.when it went out got in back up went forward then tried to backup and nothing
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Looks like the only apply device that could fail and not effect the forward gears is the Low Reverse band which is located in the rear of the transmission. Going by the range reference chart you SHOULD NOT have manual first gear either. Meaning if you pull the shifter down to 1st it should not move if it is the Low Reverse band that has failed in some way. If that is the case its probably something like an anchor pin/bolt or something in that fluid circuit for the servo causing the problem.

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all forward gears work even if you pull it down to firstand go. you can manually shift them 1st thru 4th.only problem is reverse
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wow Im baffled then. I donno much about trans' other than I can smoke up in record time with stock trucks
I would say have someone drop it and run through it...

Good luck, let us know what it is
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I put an 80E in a 03 truck the first of the year because of this exact same problem. It was pushing 200k miles and the guy just wanted a GM reman with warranty and be done with it. It had the exact same problem. Just no reverse. Its got to be something in the fluid circuit then that puts fluid to the low reverse band servo when in reverse. I know there is a "reverse" check ball. Possibly an issue there? Maybe blow through the seperator plate? I hope mine doesn't do this.
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You don't need the rear band for any forward gears. In manual low it only prevents overrun. So, if the band broke all forward ranges would still work identically in "D". Still could be that band, and breaking them is not uncommon especially in trucks that experience a lot of "Reverse" during a forward roll, not saying that happened.

Here's the fun part: getting to that band requires removal of literally the entire rest of the transmission to get to.
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