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1997 Mazda Capeller GF GFEP. Automatic Transmission problem.

1997 Mazda Capeller gf gfep. Auto Transmission problem. No drive in any selection. Transmission holds in park position, and has full transmission fluid level. Nothing appears to be disconnected. Could be a pump or torque converter problem? i have not pressure tested. Have no gauges and havent located pressure test points yet. No noises apparent when gears selected. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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Test pressure but i'm pretty sure your torque converter needs replacement

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