Car Bangs When Shifting Into Overdrive

Why does my 1997 Buick Lasabre shift into overdrive with a bang?

Cheryl from Stottville, NY

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October 9, 20060 found this helpful

SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE THE U JOINTS GOING OUT

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October 11, 20060 found this helpful

It sounds like a transmission problem.

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October 21, 20060 found this helpful

My simple bet is the solenoid that does this "shifting" in the transmission is on it's way to failure. I'm thinking it isn't overdrive but the mechanical "lock-up" that occurs in these transmissions as a fuel savings effort.

It means a trip to the shop - and if you haven't had the transmission serviced it's way overdue anyway. I've used Cottman several times. If my bet is wrong, it's something more serious and means a shop trip anyway.

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