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Unhappy 1st and 2nd slow go 3 and on it flies as it should HELP!

I have a 96 XRZ with no mods done to it just my daily cruiser. the other day i was pulling in to a drive way and i "lost" 1st and 2nd. i was able to get forward motion by running up to 2000rpm and it would creep in to 2nd maintain that 2000 rpm after a quick let off on the pedal and it would coninue to gain speed very slowly. once i hit 30mph 3rd gear would grab and away we go! locked up no shudder no bang just took off. well as luck would have it i hit every stop and go light on the way ot the shop and had to repeat the process. got it to the shop and gave it a bit of throttle 3500 ish and it grabbed right away in 1st. came to a stop and accelerated as usual and it was like nothing was wrong? did this a coulple times. right as rain. parked the car loaded my truck up (10 min) got back in the car and no 1st or 2nd? HELP!! im young and poor and i love this car!!!!
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Have you checked the fluid level?

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up date as i was going to pull it the garage i backed up to the end of the block and waited for garage to be open. 1/8 mile? put in drive and it drive like there was never an issue. but getting from the shop to my house prior it performed the same way as it did last night? i dropped the pan and there was a good deal of muck on the magnet but no shavings. there was a small bobber looking thing white with a black oring that i cant identify?
off to get a pan gasket and filter any help with the bobber / plunger would be great!
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and yes i did check fluids and it was full and did not smell burnt
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MLPS always a good place to start - MANY Threads on that - NEVER use aftermarket Felt Gasket unless you like leaks - Bobber is a Factory Plug that sealed where Dipstick Tube enters Tranny, throw it away.

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mlps? sorry new at this and thanks on the BOBBER tip! was driving me nuts
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The "Secret Surprise" is the blocking plug for the dipstick tube on the assembly line.

It drops into the pan as the tube is added.

Its presence usually means the transmission fluid/filter has never been changed.

Fresh fluid could go a long way; be sure to use Mercon V and not III+modifier.

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mlps?
Manual Lever Position Sensor.
It's the small module on the side of the transmission, mounted on the shift linkage shaft. It's important for it to be properly aligned.

You're not the first to be alarmed at the "bobber"; probably not the last. Don't sweat it.

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How many miles on the transmission?

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