TGIF! Skip the first 5 paragraphs if you don't like to read the preface to my technical question(s).
It's 7:45a.m. this morning. Time to take my two boys to school. Home made coffee "pressed" on hand, still steaming, black & simple pleasure w/o the added sugar and milk stuff. Still humming to the tunes from two days ago when we drove the LR3 to see Group Love (opening band) and Imagine Dragons (main show) live in concert at the Golden 1 in Sacramento.
That day and like most days, the LR3, my daily driver, drove flawlessly. On I-80, headed East to Sacramento, AC on, on the car pool lane, cruised smoothly, smiled while passing the slower lanes, and with the stereo level at a pleasurably db listening to Imagine Dragons' songs as teasers to the concert we looked forward tonight (turned the LR3 into a car karaoke mobile when the song Demons and Thunder came up).
Fast forward to this morning, I started the engine, and immediate saw "Transmission Fault: Limited Gears Available", yellow check engine light was on, and the letter "F" instead of "D" for Drive on the dash of the LR3. I couldn't get the gear out of Park.
F for f@#k me, and D for Demons as my inner dragon came out, panicked, and asking myself how am I suppose to get my boys to school today. Walla! D2, my over-landing vehicle, to the rescue. Sound of music was back on; the sky was blue again, birds were chirping, ducks quacking, you got it.... Lol. No worries. Got the boys to school on time. Finished my coffee during the drive, got back home, and figured out how to get the LR3 into drive.
That is why I have two Land Rovers; two is better than one IMO. Certainly not more than 2 for me. Yes, I've been there; right sized from 4 to 2 Land Rovers, and it feels good to simplify. To each his or her own right!
First the details: 2007 LR3, 183k miles, Interstate battery is two years old, and maintenance was done this summer: coolant flushed & refilled, transmission fluid changed, and engine oil & filter changed. May not be related but wanted to mention that the air compressor, alternator, fuel pump and fuel injectors were replaced. LR3 runs great except for this morning.
Error Message: "Transmission Fault: Limited Gears Available" (pic 1)
Check Engine code reads: P0659 (pic 2)
Problem: LR3 automatic transmission shiftier will not get out of Park.
I did the following after getting the error msg/check engine light:
- I checked the brake lights, and they are working.
- Checked the battery, no visible corrosion. The voltage is 12.55 w/engine off (pic 3).
- Turned on the ignition, started the LR3, and the voltage jumped to 14.08.
- With a load (headlights on, and then AC, and then Stereo), voltage reading was between 14.07-08.
- Was able to release the lock (LR3 owners take notes) and finally drive the LR3 by removing the cover (below to the right of the shifter) and inserting my finger to release the lock (pic 4).
1) What is the proper battery voltage on the LR3? The battery in my LR3 is 2 years old, Interstate brand, and reads 12.55v.
2) Should it be higher, and could 12.55v be the cause of the problem?
3) How about when the engine is running, and with a load; what's the proper voltage? The voltage reads between 14.07-08 on mine.
4) What else should I be checking?
I forgot to mention that my middle school age son knocked down my 6oz coffee mug from the cup holder last night, and spilled maybe about 3oz directly into the transmission shifter. We cleaned the surface dry, and didn't bother to open the shifter casing since the LR3 drove fine after. I am guessing some coffee spilled inside the shifter and maybe into the wiring; could this be the cause of the problem?
Or am I doomed as indicated by the transmission status "F".
Thanks for reading and your feedback in advance!
Edited by RON CT110, 06 October 2017 - 11:02 AM.