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I have a '96 Holden Apollo, automatic, that has a point when accelerating where it sounds like its revving up a bit higher and seems like the gears might not be really gripping.

Thats my uneducated guess anyways. If I push the pedal a bit harder the sound goes away and it feels like I've got proper power at the feet.

Any ideas what this might be?

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I think it's time to visit the transmission shop. Every time I have had happen what you describe, something in the transmission had to be fixed.

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+1 Agreed. Torque converter may be getting worn. –  Sivvy Nov 7 '11 at 22:27
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