Hard down shift after atf flush

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Asked by Dec 01, 2016 at 07:44 PM about the 2004 Chrysler Sebring LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Brought my car into the shop to have a few maintenance work done (atf
flush, acc drive belt replace, pcv valve replace, spark plug replace and coils
replaced)
driving it off the lot, I got up to 60km/h and then started to brake for a light,
the car dropped a gear either to late or too early either way it was noticable
shift in weight. My tranny was slipping a gear when downshifting. I assume
3rd gear to second.

I was told the car needed a relearn, and that i should drive it and it would
fix itself. nope. its been three weeks now, going to bring it back into the
shop now, any suggestions would be awesome? I cant tell if its getting
better or im getting use to it, but if i slammed on my brakes at 60 im scared
how hard the shift would be, trying to brake slowly but even then it will still
have a slight hard downshift. trying to coast into a downshift rather than
forcing a down shift I dont know,
im thinking a solenoid may need replacing or computer needs to be
reprogrammed but i was told the computer doesnt need work it needs time,
I dont like that answer :(

2 Answers

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first thing i checked was the tranny fluid level its good, atf filter was changed, car bill included a little computer work what im not sure, second thought was my performance chip in obdi II port, rest the chip, no effect, after driving with the chip for a week, rest it again, now I have pulled the chip thinking it could be affecting the computer relearn process telling it downshifting now would be more effecient... literally any help is appreciated

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It has been my experance that anytime a tranny is flushed something always happens internally, a piece of varnish comes loose and winds up in the valve body or a pressure passage, if it was a tranny shop that flushed it for you I would take it back and show what it is doing now, if it was a quickly lube place that did it then your going to have to go to a tranny shop and see if they can clean it or replace the parts that are crudded up. Probably won't be cheap.

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