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My truck is acting up

Transportation not shifting properly some say i need a torque converter when it shift it shifts hard

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    MattZiggy May 11, 2010

    i dont completely unstand your english, umm, write a little more about you vehicle than that, if it shifts hard, maybe your transmission, try looking at your fluid levels. change your oil. how many miles? 4WD? how long has this been happeneing? is it intermittent? need more info...



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Check to see if the throttle shift position cable that goes to the transmission is sticking or that the return tension spring might be streached or broken Mine was sticking I had hard upshifts when it finally shifted later than it should & also erratic down shits when coming to a stop. Replaced the cable & used fluid film on the lever going into the transmission Better than a $ 2000 to $3000
bogus repair job by a unscropolus tranny repair shop !!
the Duck fromNova Scotia CANADA

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