: 98 catera transmission downshift?

03-10-11, 09:09 AM
Hi folks,

My 98 Catera, has a new problem. When I drive the car around and come to quick stop (like slam the brakes at the traffic light or something similar). I can feel the transmission downshifting after a complete stop. Is that normal or could it be that fluid might be low?

Anyways...my wife is due today with our second baby, so got to go.


03-12-11, 05:59 AM
congrats on the new born,i know the idle goes up and down when i do something like that, but thats not tranny stuff tho

03-13-11, 02:05 PM
Thanks, we are back home. Well, the idle does not change after the instant stop, but I can still feel the downshift. Again, this only happens when I have to a sudden stop, like slamming the brakes. I'm thinking the fluid might be low, but have to check and see.

03-18-11, 12:00 PM
I went ahead and changed the fluid and filter yesterday, the fluid looked pretty dark too. Test drove the car to work this morninf and I feel the transmission shifts are much smoother. I haven't tried the quick stop to see if the transmission down shifts after a complete stop. Will post more updates later.