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You may be able to plug in a part to fix the problem. Both Autozone and Oreillys will scan your car for free. They can tell you what the engine light is about and show you a picture of the part if they don't have it in stock. They also loan tools with a deposit.

If the emission light is on, the engine controls are probably affecting how the trans shifts. When you do replace parts, disconnect the NEG terminal of the battery for 10 minutes to reset the computer in the car.

If you don't want to fix it yourself, by testing at Autozone or Oreillys you will know what is wrong and can price out a repair somewhere.


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