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Transmission jerks when cold

When the car is first started the transmission takes more than 10 seconds to engage. When comming to a stop transmissinn jerks when cold.

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Replace trany filter

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

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SOURCE: Used 1990 Buick Riv trans slps in & outta gear; restart to engage

the only other thing i can think of that would cause this problem is the valve body inside the transmission is leaking and/or cracked. I have seen this several times before- it will shift "wierd" and slip also, normally with no pattern whatsoever.
A valve body is not that expensive to change, but I sugest you have it looked at first..

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SOURCE: transaxle vacuum line location

It runs from side of intake close to throttle body and down front side of trans to valve on side of tans about half way down.

Posted on Aug 07, 2009

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