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I have A 1999 mercury sable , and when I am driving anywhere from 30 to 50 miles per hour the gears I guess slip and the engine revs a bit before it catches , what could this be?

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Sounds like a lock up problem with your torque converter. Will probably require a mechanical fix, however, sometimes a clogged screen and/or dirty old tranny fluid can cause some slippage, but it is usually more prevailant with a cold engine at lower speeds. Check your fluid level and check for leaks. Low fluid level can cause slippage and erratic transimion behavior. You can also do a "blotter test" to check for worn fluid. Place a few drops of ATF on a paper towel and wait 30 seconds. If the spot is widely dispersed and red or light brown in color, the fluid is in satisfactory condition. But if the spot does not spread out and is dark in color, the ATF is oxidized and should be changed. You can smell the fluid as well, a burnt smell indicates "worn" fluid. Automatic transmissions are a complex and wonderful thing when they are working properly. But when internal problems cause the transmission to act up, it takes a fair amount of expertise and experience to diagnose the fault. If the problem is not low fluid, a faulty solenoid, valve body or controller, the transmission usually has to come out for a tear down and inspection. Also a good idea to check the diagnostics codes for a fault in the transmission controller. Good Luck. I hope this is helpful.

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