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Q: Transmission shifting delay

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i bought a clean 1999 dodge dakota v6 3.9 magnum auto. sometime it start off in second gear. sometime it stay in second till i beat it almost to redline left the gas and go normally then it shift into 3rd. 99% of time he wont shift into 4th gear. sometime , rarely , at 80-90 km/h it feel like a mini overdrive that lower the rpm from 2.3k to 2k or 2.1k but it is not the 4th gear.

My car has 148000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. This may be a result of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car’s computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the correct gear. When this is faulty or not working properly, this can cause a delay in gear shifting, or in some cases, cause the car to not shift at all. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to take the car for a test drive to diagnose the shift issue and advise you on the correct repairs.

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