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Remove the dipstick and smell the oil on it. If it smells like a burned nutty smell you have a transmission fault,slipping internally. I would reccomend taking it to a transmission specialist and have them access it. It might just require a service including tightening the servos inside ,a new filter screen and oil.

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Transmission fluid will turn dark when it has been in the transmission longer than the recommended time. Heat will also turn it dark, and give it a burned smell. It is time to change the fluid and filter.

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