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Hard gear shifting

I had problems before with the clip on the throttle but it was fixed. Now it seems that when I put it in gear it gets stuck and won't go, sometimes it even stays in 1st through 3rd gear then kicks in. I was wondering if anybody could help me on what it might be.

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I have a 1987 Mercury Cougar and mine does something like that. One of my friends told me it could be the modulator valve on the transmission... it's the thing that sets on the side of most all Automatic Transmissions to help govern the shift timing.

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