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Has a hard time shifting into 3rd gear

Shifts fine from 1 to 2. but has a hard time shifting into 3.

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Alot of different things can cause this to happen. A bad pin in the valve body pressure spring, Accumulator, front pump has a bleeding seal perhaps

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