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Q: Car jerks after taking foot off gas

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When I take my foot off the gas, the car jerks and makes a sound like a crumbling plastic bag. I noticed that the transmission fluid is dirty, but was told not to flush because it's a high-mileage car.

A: I’m not sure about the "plastic bag no...

I’m not sure about the "plastic bag noise". The jerking upon deceleration could have something to do with the transmission not downshifting properly; this could be due to internal transmission mechanical problems, or a problem with the electronic transmission controls. Flushing or changing the transmission fluid generally doesn’t help if you already have transmission problems. In fact, it usually makes things worse. I suggest transmission fluid exchanges (not flushes) as preventive maintenance for all vehicles. For your vehicle, I recommend that you have a professional, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect your Kia’s transmission, and run a diagnostic inspection of the noise you are hearing.

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