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Automatic transmission idles high before shifting gears

When driving the cruise kicked off and the rmps shot up to 4000. sometimes when is doesn't shift into gear I do it manually up to 3rd but it doesn't want to shift after that. Also when idling if the accelerator it lightly tapped the RPMs go from 500- 2000, it doesn't gradually build up. This is in a 4.6L V8 model

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check vacuum and electrical connections

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it sound like you have a vacum leak or your shifter cable may need adjusted

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There is a vacuum line that is connected to a vacuum modulator on the transmission. The vacuum modulator looks like a tiny inline fuel filter on the right rear of the transmission. Remove the vacuum line from the modulator, if transmission fluid spills out when the rubber hose is removed the modulator is punctured. The engine will **** your transmission fluid through the vacuum line and into the intake system and burn it through combustion. If the modulator is punctured you must have it replaced.

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yes it will just remember to put a racoon in with the new filter to eat the old fluid

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