TRANSMISSION SLIPS AND SHIFTS HARD, AUTOMATIC
Often the cause is low transmission fluid. Follow the instructions in your manual for checking it, because unlike checking your oil level, checking transmission fluid levels require that the vehicle is running.
Please, by no means do this check if you are uncomfortable doing it. Have a "gearhead" friend that you trust or a mechanic show you how.
Most manufacturers ask that you start the car, and while holding down the brake pedal, slowly shift through reverse and then all your forward gears, then place the car back in park.
Next (with the car running- CAREFUL!), find the transmission dipstick under the hood, pull it out, and wipe it off. Put the dipstick back in, pull it out and check the level. If it is low, you need to add some transmission fluid of the type specified by your manual into the dipstick hole (you will need an inexpensive transmission fill funnel), a little at a time, and keep checking it as described above until it is at the FULL mark.
It is important to note that the dipstick is marked FULL HOT (car is warmed up) and FULL COLD (car is NOT warmed up) because transmission fluid expands quite a bit and overfilling is bad for your tranny!
I own a Jeep with a Chrysler "straight six" engine (one of the best motors ever!) and my transmission slipped because of low fluid - I added a bottle of "transmission stop slip and stop leak" fluid to it and topped off the remainder with the proper type of transmission fluid, and now, seven months later, I do not lose any tranny fluid and it shifts great! The stop leak is more expensive, but IMHO it is worth the cost.
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Jan 30, 2011 |
Plymouth Grand Voyager Cars & Trucks