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Why might a 1997 Grand Am GT not engage into gear?


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2007-07-16 02:57:15
2007-07-16 02:57:15

check Transmission Fluid while the engine is hot and while its still running, if its low add more(tranny fluid is measured in pints so be careful how much you put in)

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