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S10 shifts weird

I have a 1988 s10 4.3 4x4 and it doesnt shift like it used to. it takes longer to shift. it holds them out longer.

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Just was your Earlier Post. How many miles are on this Tranny???? It may just need an Overhaul. First try a Flush and Fill to see if it will Start Shifting Correctly. It is Cheaper and works Sometimes.

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