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Transmission just started slipping more in reverse more once warmed up 1997 Chevy 3500 van

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  • Don Truex Jun 27, 2009

    Thanks

    Would that also explain the slippage in drive especialy once it is warm? Also do I need a master kit or just seals?

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You have a seal leaking in reverse clutch piston probably going to need trans overhaul.

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