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If the trans. fluid gets down , even a quart, it usually starts to slip or not shift right. Check the fluid with the engine running and warmed up on level ground (in park). If it's low start adding fluid about 1/2 a quart at a time and keep checking it. Watch for leaks while you're filling it. If no leaks are found take it for a test drive and check the fluid again.

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