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Whinning sound tranny?

I just bought a 2003 Malibu for my daughter's first car and am trying to see if the tranny fluid is topped off. It sounds like it's whinning a little. Shifts smooth but feels like it wants a higher gear (auto) but the tach looks right?... any ideas? thanks, Mark

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When does it whine? I would recommend a fluid change along with filter.

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