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Old 12-15-2010, 09:53 PM   #1
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Unhappy '98 malibu transmission dilemma....

So, I have a '98 malibu LS, 3.1 v6.

If you need more info don't hesitate to ask.

Now that thats out of the way

This is whats happening.......after being parked in the garage all night I got in started it up let it run for about 6-8 min for engine to warm up. put into reverse to back up and pressed the gas pedal and it backed up but slower then ussually and with higher engine RPM's. backed up I pulled forward then the same for a second the fine. i get up to the traffic stop about a half a mile down the road. i stop. then when light turns green. it just sits there for a sec the i give more rpm's then it slowy starts to go. it give it a couple quick punchs to the gas pedal then it drives fine. drive about a mile down the road to the next stop and all is normal.

The Million Dollar Question......What could cause this?

any help would helpful - Kevin
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:12 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site. I'd like to invite you to stick around once you get your issue resolved.

First thing I'd check is the trans fluid level and condition. Do you know when the trans fluid/filter was last changed? This has the earmarks of either a low fluid level and sometimes it can't pump enough fluid, or more likely a clogged filter that can't pass enough fluid to operate properly. If you pull the dipstick (not sure it even has one! some don't) and smell it, does it have a burnt smell and/or look really dark? That would suggest you need a service performed.

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I agree with Driven....Check the fluid level and condition. It just may need something simple like getting a fluid replacement.

I know I can't check the fluid easily in my '06, but depending on your driving style it should be done every 35-50,000 miles.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:50 AM   #4
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i will change the filter and and clean new fluid and see if this helps it

thanks for the idea
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