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1997 Toyota Camry gearshift problems

My 1997 Toyota Camry stutters between gear 1 and 2 when the drive gear is engaged.It shifts haphazardly, forth and back between 1 and 2 then slowly gains pace before letting loose.Once the 3rd gear is engaged;the car begins to drive smoothly and changes seamlessly.

I just changed ATF less than 2 weeks ago but this problem suddenly surfaced.I need some serious help.

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It seems like to much of a coincidence that it started after you changed the trans oil. You, or someone may have used the wrong oil. Modern automatics are very sensitive to the exact factory recommended blend. Dump the oil and go to toyota for the recommended lube and start over. Be sure the trans is filled correctly...only up to the hot mark if the trans is hot, not just the engine.

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