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Why wont my transmision shift

Why wont my transmison shift

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Have you checked your transmission fluid lately?
More often then not that is the cause of shifting problems. Normally this happens gradually which is to be expected since transmission leaks are usually slow. The first signs are a slight hesitation when the car is first started in the morning and put in reverse. The the car seems to lag just a bit before moving back. This increases as more fluid is lost.
Another cause is from the transmission not being properly serviced. Leave the tranny fluid in to long and it becomes burnt. At this point it the viscosity is more like cooking oil instead of transmission fluid.

Most people neglect this item because of a lack of understanding about the transmission system. As opposed to the engine that everyone knows NO Oil =No Car. Although the service interval is greater when compared to the engine oil it needs to be taken care of to prevent "No Car" also.

Check your tranny fluid. Open the hood and located the tranny fluid dip stick. Usually along the firewall. Read what it says because normally the car needs to be running and in neutral to get an accurate reading.

Also look and smell the oil on the stick. If it's brown and/or it smells like it's burnt have the tranny serviced. This involves draining the fluid, replacing the filter and new fluid.


I hope this helps and good luck.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009

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