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Vehicle will not accelerate in drive

I went to drive my vehicle. I went into reverse and backed up. Put my foot on the brake and switched the gear to drive and nothing happened. The engine just revs. Same thing in Second gear. In first gear it drove and then I switched to second gear, successful. Then drive gear, successful. Then I stopped and accelerated again with no luck. Had to start in 1st gear again.
2007 Avalanche RWD

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