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My caravan shifts into park under hard acceration

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SOUNDS LIKE THE DOWNSHIFT LINKAGE IS STICKING/SEIZED..IT IS LINKAGE THAT CONNECTS TO LEVER ON TRANS FROM FROM THROTTLE LINKAGE..THE SHAFT THE LEVER IS MOUNTED TO SEIZES IN SHIFTER SHAFT OF TRANS..SOMETIMES YOU CAN FREE UP IT UP BY SPRAYING WITH A PENETRATING FLUID AND WORKING LINKAGE BACK AND FORTH,SOMETIMES VALVE BODY HAS TO COME OUT TRANS TO FREE IT UP PROPERLY..I HOPE THIS HELPS

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