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Park neatrul switch

It goes in to overdrive and you pick up speed and it like slams on the brakes to switch gears by itself then it switches and keeps going. it won't do it in 2nd and 3rd though. and it won't lock into place on the shifter once you move it. and you have to manually move the switch back into park.

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Most likely you have a trans range/neutral safety switch on the transaxle bad or misadjusted.Or you have a Line pressure actuator failed inside valvebody.

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