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Slow to go into first gear


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April 11, 2009
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98 Explorer Limited
I have a 98 Explorer V-8 AWD with the 4R70W transmission that's having trouble going from park into first gear. It started when it was parked overnight in the driveway with the rear end of the truck facing downhill where I would have to give it about 30 seconds or so before it would go forward. After that it would run and shift fine. Now the same problem is happening more often such as accelerating after a stop. It feels like it needs to build up some pressure before it will catch. I checked the fluid and it appears to be okay and was replaced around 50K miles ago. Any ideas what might be causing this?