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My first Volvo, a 960 wagon, 97. When I first start in the morning and put it in drive (automatic) it is slow to get going, like the clutch is slipping. It's not the engine that's running fine. It does't do that as much if I put it in reverse, but then the first time in drive it does. Seems to be fine by the time I get down the block. Mechanic says xmission fluid is fine (I couldn't find the stick on this thing). Is this normal or am I on a very short scehdule to a lot more slipping and having to replace the clutch?

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You could try flushing it. Ipd has a kit for it. Usually you don't need to worry about it until the fluid starts to turn brown. In short, find your dipstick, with the car running take the shifter from park, down through each position to low and back, pausing for a couple seconds in each spot. With the vehicle in park and still running, pull the dipstick and check the level. Low level may cause your problem. Pinkish-brown fluid color may cause your problem. Be sure you do the check with the trans at operating temp, so drive the car around first. My 850 does the same thing until the car warms up (takes a couple hundred feet is all). My fluid is pinkish-brown, so I know I need to flush it soon. Oh, and if you need to dd fluid, do it a little at a time. It tops up quickly, and you don't want to overfill it.
 

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Thanks for the info. How long has yours done this slipping first thing in the morning. Sounds exactly like mine. Very wierd to me. Never had a car do that. Maybe it's a Volvo thing. On any other car I'd think it's the beginning of the end for the clutch or transmission.
 

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Doesn't seem too serious. Mine has only been doing it since it has been cold this last winter. Think a trans flush will take care of it. Just haven't done it yet. Doing a turbo at the moment.
 
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