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My problem is that my car drives great and then out of the blue while i'm going like70 the rpm will suddenly shoot up to the high fifties and the car wont drive ne faster than 40. and then if i try and stop and go, same thing but worse. i'mg oing like 15 miles per hour and the rpm is at 50

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  • Richard Raynor May 11, 2010

    Is it manual or auto, petrol or diesel? Exact model description would be very useful.

    Thanks, D.

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Well, I have had similar problems with my girlfriends car. The car would struggle and have a real hard time moving. As it turned out it was missing transmission oil from a leakage in the oil cooling lines. I replaced the lines before connecting the return line I started the car with the pressure the transmission emptied itself. I was then able to put brand new transmission oil in there and just to be safe and avoid headaches later on I also added a bottle Automatic transmission treatment such as Trans Medic. Car now runs like new. Another problem could be a clogged oil filter. On most models then can be easily changed. Some cars have them on the outside just like the oil filter. They actually look the same. Most of them have one inside the pan. all you need is a new gasket and filter and new fluid. Hope this can help.

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My fiance is having the same trouble with her (gas engine) car. It doesn't seem to get out of gear at a low enough range. You have to floor it so that it makes the shift, for example - from first to second, on an uphill slope. It stinks, but I think it can be repaired with a transmission adjustment of some sort.

I can remove a trans, and replace a trans, but I can not service (rebuild/repair) a trans. So I don't have a solid answer as to the HOW to fix it.

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