i have been tracking down leaks in the tranny the past month and found that fluid lines on both sides were leaking. it seems that the seals that were in place were the wrong size and were barely keeping the fluid in. what surprised me was that now it kicks down all the way to second (never did that before) at around 50-60mph and it is shifting quite a bit higher than before at WOT. still not at redline but a marked improvement. i have yet to make careful observations on the new shift patterns. could new tranny fluid have helped - i have about 2k miles with the new fluid. did those leaks have anything to do with the problem?
i'm still having it checked out but this was a surprise...
1993 300e-2.8 - gone now <sigh>
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