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2001 chevy impala transmission will not stay in gear

I have a 2001 chevy impala 3.8L. Yesterday, I was backing out of a parking stall and the car would not go into reverse. I shut the car off and restarted it and it went into gear, i shifted into drive and went about 20 feet and hit a bump and the transmission must have slipped out of gear. I tried shifting it into park, neutral, reverse, and the transmission would not engage. I shut the car off again and started it again and it went right into drive but slipped out again after less than a block. Do I need a new transmission, or is possibly something electical, or possible some kind on connection. The only thing that I have had to replace on the car were the brake pads last week. Is there a possibility that I screwed something up when changing the brake pads that would cause my transmission problems.

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Check the transmission fluid level and condition, make sure you have the right amount and that it's not burnt and have no foaming in the fluid.
If your not sure bring it to a transmission shop and have them check it and also have them check the transmission for DTC codes. The scanner can read the history of the transmission's performance and they will know if the problem is electrical or mechanical.
Good luck and hope this helps.

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Unfortunately this is not uncommon and I hate to tell people bad news but the problem is in the transmission. It sounds like the reverse is not locking in like it should. There is a pin inside the transmission that is supposed to lock it in place when you shift to reverse but that may have rounded off or seared off which would cause your problem. A clogged filter will also cause this issue. If you had that transmission back flushed, the normal method used today by shops that cost around $140 or so, then I can tell you for a fact that it needs to be rebuilt.

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