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I have a 96 dodge avenger 2.5 w/ a604 transmission it will shift to 2nd gear and go into limp mode the tranny as been out three times replaced all the clucths and the planet and all the seals it keeps shooting a code 36 and 53 this will be the 5th time it has been out can any one help and does any one know the proper way to stack the od drum some books show that the first set of clutches are 4 clutches and for steels and others show 3clutches and 4 steels plz help

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I suspect DEXRON fluid has been used instead of ATP +3. I hear the consequences are severe.

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