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Auto transmission does not shift into 1st gear properly

When I first get into car {1991 suzuki sidekick }and shift into drive it will not shift into 1st gear for almost a mile down the road. The rpms go to about 6000 and somtimes almost into the red. I'v learned that if I manually put it into 2nd and go a steady 35-45mph that the rpms will stay about 4000 until it shifts the 1st time then I manually put it into D,from then on its shifts fine until the car is turned off and sits awhile. I had the transmission ck out and serviced also I found out today that a friend had the same problem with his suzuki. He tried several things he said but never found out what the problem was. He has since sold his.

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Try some Seafoam brand trans tune it might help.
Even if it dosen't it's a cheap experment.

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