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  • karjunkie 04/03/10 10:40 am PST

    First step would be to check the fluid level and color. Did you do that? Pull the AT dipstick at the back of the engine bay with the car running warm and in park. If the fluid is low top it off directly through the dipstick opening. Also lube and adjust the kickdown cable. I would also perform a fluid and filter change if the fluid level is OK but the color is brown or smells burnt. If it is OK, the next step is to check the overdrive relay and gear shifter switch. If the relay is ok, there is an overdrive solenoid attached to the rear of the tranny that has probably failed. You can replace this solenoid with an aftermarket part that will eliminate the switch system and cause the tranny to shift automatically into overdrive, which is highly recommended.


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