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4000 rpm at 65 mph is this normal?

Cruising at 65 mph my car climbs to 4000 rpm's and doesn't seem to even shift, i am seriously worrying about it being transmission problems or even worse.

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Hi, does your car have an over drive button on or next to the shift ?
Usually newer cars have the over drive and it can be conceild and kinda blends in with the shift. little button some where that you hit and took it off over drive. Or go to auto zone and get a bottle of trans medic. Worked for my camaro. wouldn`t shift out of first after letting the car sit almost 2 years. put a bottle of trans medic and after 3 days shifted into 2nd and 2 days later when into OD and worked great at that point.

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