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Auto Transmission is slow to engage gears, performs normally while driving after it shifts. Only acts up while shifting almost like slipping. Fluid level is find, it has been changed regularly, but is due now. When starting off in the morning, you select drive and nothing happens, then after less than a minute it goes into gear. Anybody have any ideas before I have to take it to the shop?

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Sounds like the front transmission pump is on its way out

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