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Old 06-14-2004, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lately when driving in drive I notice sometimes the tranny will stick in like 1st or 2nd and stay at 4 grand or so, when i increase speed then it just redlines and will bounce if im not careful, when letting off the rpms drop back down to 4 real quick almost as if its in neutral. I usually have to shift into neutral then drop it back into drive in order to get it to shift, that or just drive it in third which is what ive been doing. It will run fine sometimes in drive starting out and then sometimes it will do this. I was told i am probably low on tranny fluid so thats why its missing like this. I have been reading up on forums about this now and ive read its not good to change ATF yourself and is best to take it into a shop to get changed. If my ATF is low it shouldnt hurt to add some fluid to help this problem? Any ideas what could be wrong here?

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You can add fluid. Check it first though. Remember the car has to be on to check the tranny fluid. So add fluid and see if it fixes the problem. If not then the fluid that's currently in there might be dirty. I wouldn't change it myself. Good luck with it. Let us know what happens when you check the fluid.
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Where do I add it? I cant seem to find anything under the hood.
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cause its under the car. not nood. gonna have to get it up some to see.
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I think you have to use a pump to put fluid in since the hole is way out of the way and no room for a bottle. so yah, what 007 said.
Sounds like fluid, if not, the electronics could be going bezerk, and if not that, you've been triyng to do burnouts or soemthing and the mechanics of the transmission are screwed (or the tranismission is just failing). Really not good, hopefully your just low on fluid. :\

BTW: Do this soon as it's not good to run without fluid in the transmission!
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