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Transmision slipping and using fluid

Just bought a used car and the transmission was suppose to be in good shape. When taking off the transmission doesn't immediately shift and it's using fluid. What could be the problem? How expensive can this be?

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If you have a vacuum modulator on the side of the transmission make sure it is good...any trans fluid in the vacuum hose or inside the modulator shows failure. Unit should not "use" fluid unless there is an external leak. Failure there will affect shifting.

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