Questions regarding automatic gearboxes, and associated parts such as torque converters

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Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?

I have a 1997 Caravan [short wheelbase, base model] with a 4-speed automatic transmission. After it sits [off] for a few hours, the shifter will get stuck in park. A little jiggling and a hard pull ...
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How can I be sure of the reading on my automatic transmission fluid dipstick?

This may seem like a silly question. I've been trying to read the dipstick for my automatic transmission fluid but am having a very difficult time determining the level. The fluid is very light and ...
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How to fix an electronic transmission that chooses overdrive and torque converter lock

'95 BMW 540i Automatic If I drive for a short (5 min) trip say go in to a store and come out. The engine will start and idle fine, but upon gear selection the car will try to drive through the brakes ...
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How hot is “HOT” on a transmission fluid (ATF) dip stick?

I want to add some fluid additive (Lucas) to my transmission, but I don't want to overfill it. The dipstick has add, warm, and hot for measuring. So how hot is the hot level? My temperature gauge ...
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Can coasting in neutral damage an automatic transmission?

When I drove a manual transmission, I got in the habit of shifting to neutral on long, shallow grades to save fuel. Now I'm driving an automatic (specifically, a recent Corolla) and still doing it. ...
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I'm stupid and added tranny fluid to my coolant tank. What can I expect?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm a computer guy, not a car guy. I saw a bunch of red fluid coming out of my vehcile, assumed it was tranny fluid. Turns out it was antifreeze. This means the bit of ...
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Is there a way to put Prius with dead battery into neutral?

I own a 2010 Prius. It has a dead battery, front facing forward in my garage. I do not have long enough jumper cables. I’ve searched the Internet. Did Toyota really create a car that cannot be put ...
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when parked on uphill, it's difficult to engage any other gears on my automatic chevy 2004 impala.

when the car is parked on uphill, and I try to move the gear back on to reverse, it becomes extremely difficult. Like you have to put a little effort into it. Once it gets into gear, it makes a loud ...
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Can I use a Dexron III automatic transmission/power steering fluid where a Dexron II is required ?

more generally speaking are 'higher Dexron numbers' also fulfilling the specifications of the lower number fluids ?
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What's the point of the D3 gear in an automatic transmission?

My Honda Civic has a D gear and a D3, which apparently prevents it from going into 4th. Why would I want to do this? What is it good for? Does it make my fuel efficiency better or worse? Does it ...