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Corolla Having trouble shifting

I drive a 96' Toyota Corolla. While driving it will start to shift gears. When I get to desired speed, I try to maintain that speed. However, that is when the problem happens.

It will shift down a gear and then rev really high. To prevent engine damage I will slow down until it stops and then try to speed up back to my desired speed. It will shift up a gear and and then drive fine. Then after about 4 min or so it will shift down again and rev really high again. It will do this, until I get into a city limit where I need to drive at a lower speed. It will then be fine. It seems to give me problems anytime I go above 35 or so.

What would be causing that and can I fix it on my own?

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Take a good look where your cables attach to transmission & watch as someone moves it through the gears, with engine off. Have them also push gas pedal to floor slowly & watch for movement at same area. Anywhere that you seen movement, spray it with WD-40 or similar penetrating spray, and work shifter, & throttle back & forth for a while. Give another coat & try it for a day or so, and see if any better. If it's better, spray same area with a spray grease like white lithium, to keep it moving freely. Give throttlebody linkage where cables are a spray too.



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This could be a kick-down servo adjustment.

Refer to the service manual.

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