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1996 honda accord automatic trans problem. when the car reaches 4th gear it will kick it out of gear and go back to 3rd and will not go back into 4th, then it eventually will kick it out of 3rd into 2nd and so on until it hits first and the car will not go over 15 mph. the car has about 143K miles. The trans fluid was very dark in color, we drained about 1. 5 qts out added a trans additive "Lucas" and topped it of with clean fluid. This seemed to help/solve the problem but after driving for about 20-30 mins the problem returned. Any thoughts

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Flush completely
valves and selonoids are clogged
completly new fluid
clear / redish colour

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