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Old 03-14-2008, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My auto transmission is clunky! Help!

Hi All!

My daily driver is a beater '93 Dodge Shadow with 200000 miles, 2.2L 4-cylinder engine, a bad paint job and a 3-speed automatic transmission.

The transmission has never been great for fuel economy, and lately, I have started having a problem with it.

When I shift from park to drive, it makes a "clunk" sound and shakes the car with a little jerk. Also, when in drive, and stopped, I can feel the transmission pulling against the car, trying to make it go while my foot is on the brake trying to keep it at a stop. It also makes a creaking, straining sound.

What is the problem with the car?
Is there some sort of easy fix, like doing a transmission fluid change? Or is the tranny actually going bad? This car is a clunker, I am not interested in putting a new tranny in it. I would rather replace it with a basic manual transmission economy car, than to keep fixing this car.


Thanks in advance,


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