"As for number one, when you say to push the brakes and step on the gas a little to check the trans clutch packs, what will I be looking for if that is the problem? Are there any other symptoms that might relate to this problem?"
Well I have noticed lately that when I engage reverse and push the gas anything harder than lightly, it will sometimes make a POPPING sound and have an "acceleration resistance."
Does this sound like the transmission clutch pack?
Thanks again everyone, and I'm sorry this has gone on so long.
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