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Reverse engages HARD!!!

Reverse won't engage unless engine revved up several times, then bangs in HARD. Forward gears OK. Fluid doesn't seem burnt. The warmer trans gets the easier it is to get reverse but still engages hard. 3 speed auto and 3.0 engine.

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Check for trans codes then I would suggest a fluid change if there are no trouble codes, many times these kinds of problems are caused by a little piece of dirt causing a shift solenoid to stick.

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