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Why has your transmission quit working with no forward or reverse while engine still runs?

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2009-12-15 16:51:17
2009-12-15 16:51:17
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You mean you forward and reverse while the engine is shut off????? How can that be?

Funny man that guy. Have you checked your fluid level? Also checked to see if your trans oil looks or smells like it has been burnt. Hopefully your only low on trans fluid, otherwise you will need to take it in for repairs.

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