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It does have an should be red not black,what color is it? red good / black bad

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Check transmission fluid, if low, fill to proper lvl. Fluid supposed to be reddish pink. If fluid looks good, its probably the transmisson control selonoid. If its dark and/or smells burned, and/or has dark specks throughout the fluid, a fluid change with filter might help, but you will need to replace your transmisson as burned smelling fluid or dark specks in your fluid indicates a severly worn transmission.

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It would appear that the transmission is worn out! The transmission fluid is supposed to be red in color with no bad odor about it. When it turns brown & has a burnt smell to it -it means the fluid was low at some point and it got real hot (with an fluid & filter change it could be saved).
When it turns black it means that the fluid now is usually past the saving point as is contaminated with lots of metal filings in it. If you change the fluid & the filter at this point you've got a 50 /50 shot at maybe getting it functioning again -at least for a short while.
I personally would try the fluid & filter change if just to get it running again (although it may have some issues) although the real answer is to start looking for a new vehicle (due to it's age) or have the transmission rebuilt if the car has no other major problems and you think it would be worth it! BTW a rebuilt transmission goes for about $1200 which is probably more than the car is worth.

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