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95 dodge dakota having hard time shifting.

It is a 1995 dodge dakota 5.3L V8 engine automatic. When driving from a complete stop with normal acceleration, it won't shift from 1st to 2nd gear until around 2900 rpm. However, it also holds this rpm for a few seconds before it finally shifts into 2nd. Usually after you back off the accelerator a little bit. If you accelerate at a much slower rate it will shift around 2500 rpm only if you back off the accelerator. It seems as if shifting into all other gears is at normal rpm but because of unideal conditions I am unsure. Any ideas?

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Try a tranny service change a place that changes the filter the pan gasket and fluid not some of these quick places that just drain a couple quarts out of the tranny lines and thats it that wont help but a complete tranny service should help.

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PROBLEMS LISTED BELOW!!

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