Q: 1-2 second delay in acceleration when put to drive or reverse without pressing the gas. Jerking while in traffic

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When I drive slow in traffic and want to accelerate my car jerks for 2-3 seconds and then is normal. When I slow down it jerks, but not everytime. When I put it in drive it delays for 1-2 seconds before picking up speed without me pressing the gas

My car has 323000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there, thanks for writing in. When this occurs it can be caused by an engine hesitation or a transmission problem. From my experience this is a transmission issue. There are a lot of problems with the transmission in this vehicle. I usually scan the computer for codes first. If there are any codes then that can assist in diagnosing the issue. If there are no codes then I check the transmission fluid. It sounds like it is low. If it is then I drain and refill the fluid. Unfortunately it is hard to refill this transmission without special tools. If you want to have this acceleration issue checked, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair this.

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