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What could be wrong with a 1.8 liter 1994 Plymouth Colt if when you stop at a light your car will not move in drive or reverse if your linkage is attached?

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2009-02-16 22:47:36
2009-02-16 22:47:36

Normally it would be one of three things.... ONE- tranny fluid too low TWO- Torque Converter Three-(worst case) bands in the transmission worn or out of adjustment

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