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I have to rev the engine up more than usual to get the car to move in drive or reverse. Once I'm moving the car shifts out through all the gears fine. As I'm slowing down to a stop, and can feel the car shift out of first gear into a neutral mode. I've changed out the filter, and added new fluid with 24 ounces of Transfix by Lucas. I don't know if the pump is going out, or maybe the sensor directly under the shift linkage. Please help!

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  • russelljones May 15, 2010

    This problem started all the sudden, not over a period of time. Seems to me, that if it was a dirty fluid problem, then it would have slowly started acting this way. What does the sensor do, that is directly below the shift lever that the shift cable is snapped into? Could that cause the problem? Could a worn pump cause the problem?

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Upon draining the trans fluid did you notice the fluid was brown in color with plenty of sparkles in the drain pan? The sparkles are from shavings from the clutch facings. The brown color is from the clutch facings steel plates that have no clutch facings left on them. The steel plates get hot turning the red fluid to the brown color. If you happen to have the drain pan with the old fluid in it I would recommend to drain the pan again and pour your old fluid back in. Why you may ask.... The brown fluid with the worn particles in it will fill the void and make your trans shift a lot better. Ask any trans rebuilder you may personally know. I have rebuilt transmissions for decades and I have seen this happen so many times. Some people just can not afford to purchase a rebuilt trans these days. If you buy a used car and have no history on the maintenance, never change the fluid. Just the filter only

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Did you empty the torque converter also? If not you have not changed out all the fluid, now it will be diluted by old fluid. It can be a modulator but it will need to be tested by a transmission tech to know for sure.

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