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I just got a 1990 automatic legacy wagon. It has 107k on it now and had a new transmission put in at 80k. So, when I drive rpms go up to 3000 then it finally jerks into gear. This happens going into 2nd and 3rd, not as bad going into 4th. 2nd and 3rd feels like the cars gonna split in two. Where should I start?

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Does the engine feel shaky or sluggish? Does it feel like it bogs down at higher rpms? This could be a misfire or power issue causing you to apply more throttle than normal, and will cause the transmission to shift harder.

 

Check the fluid condition and level as well. Is it red? Dark? Black? Smell like burnt toast?

The 4EAT trans is not known for being a particularly smooth shifting transmission, but there are additives that can help, and clean fluid always makes a difference.

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have a turbo legacy came in yesterday no reverse and no low gear put it in low just like brakes are on has welded the low reverse clutch pack but it is very noticable what gear is the problem one on your car ?

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