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Rough reverse and shifting problems

My 98 saturn clunks into revers and hesitates going forward when its in reverse sometimes. It also isnt shifting right and getting stuck in 2nd a lot. any one have any ideas as to what is wrong?

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The transmission incorporates several electronic solenoids inside the valve body and is very succeptable to metal contamination and fragments getting in the wrong places...if your opposed to replacing that valve body ,which can be serviced under hood fairly easy...try a complete fluid and external filter change and if your lucky ,the valves might free up from the high detergent level in the A/T oil....good luck

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Needs a new valve body on top of the trans

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