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Transmission Problem? I Have an automatic 2001 Pontiac Sunfire with more than 150,000 miles. Last year going to a party I forced the engine driving uphill. In my way back star doing the shift between gears really rough, I stop the car and few minutes later the car was driving just fine. Since then, and some times not always, when I star driving it takes longer than usual the shift from first to second gear, and the arrow in the miles it dosen't move at all, it stays on 0 until the RPM goes up to 4500 then the arrow moves to 20 or 30 miles per hour at the same time the transmission is shifting to second gear. Most of the time this transition is smooth, but some times is hard, the car shakes and a squeak noise is coming from the tires like if I was pushing the breaks. Any idea and cost of repair

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The cheapest and best way to approach this problem is 1st to have the transmission fluid and filter replaced, trans fluid wears out an filters plug with debris from norman trans clutch wear, this service could cure your problem, also make sure that you use the new GM Dexron VI trans fluid, it is far superior to any of the older Dexron's, extends trans life and shifts are firmer, soon it will be the only thing you can buy, it costs more but s worth every cent. I have personnel experience on this in my own GM cars

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    By the way GM cars and trucks require trans fluid and filter changes every 60,000 miles.

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I have no idea at the cost of the repair of this problem but I would suggest that you get a transmission fluid and filter changed by a certified mechanic or repair shop. You might be able to save the transmission if you do this quickly enough. Automatic transmission fluid should have a cherry red color and in most cars it should be changed every 15,000 miles, and the filter should be changed every 30,000 miles. When you check the transmission dipstick, the blacker the transmission fluid the more damage the transmission has suffered.

Much good luck!

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