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Delayed and Harsh Transmission Engagement

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

Sometimes when shifting from park to reverse or drive there is a delayed and harsh engagement in the TorqShift transmission. It doesn’t matter whether it is hot or cold. What is the problem? Am I doing harm by continuing to drive it? Can you give me an estimate to have it fixed? Thanks in advance for your advice.
Ken Schiltz | Via email


After startup, the front pump fills the converter and it jolts when it finally fills and starts to drive the vehicle. If it has a delayed and/or harsh engagement even when it has been running, it may be caused by faulty or sticking electronic control solenoids in the transmission.

Check the fluid level carefully, following the procedure in the owner’s manual. Continued harsh engagements could cause internal damage, so have it diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible. We don’t do repairs or give estimates, and a first-hand diagnosis is needed. Take it to a qualified transmission specialist.

— Ken Freund

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