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When the engine gets warm the transmission doesn't shift properly

If you shut the engine off for approximately 10 seconds and restart, the transmission will shift properly for 10-15 minutes

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Have you replaced the fluid and filter? sometimes if the filter is clogged all of the fluid will stay on top of it instead of settling back into the pan. so when you run it it stays on top then you shut it off and it will slowly drain back to the bottom so its good for a little while until all the fluid is stuck over the filter again.

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