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1996 down shifts going down the road from od to d

Just going down the road it will down shift and the tach will go up to 4000 rpm. Then it will go back into od untill it happens again. Speedometer
will also jump around then go to O and back,

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Sounds like you have some trubble with your electronics. Probably need to hock it up to diagnose it. I would guess that the electronics in your car sends the wrong information to your gearbox, and therefor "lureing" it to downshift. It culd have something to do with the kickdown aswell, but since the gauges act the way they do, It seems more likely to be caused by the electronics.

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Change the speed sensor located on the transmission

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