96 Camry transmission issues--seems like the lower gears don't work in Drive

Asked by Aug 07, 2019 at 02:56 AM about the 1996 Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Our 1996 Toyota Vienta (same as a Camry), automatic transmission, has
been having trouble accelerating from a stop when we are in Drive gear, but
it works OK if you start driving in L gear and move to 2 and then D. It's not
disengaging, just seems like the transmission is not using the lower gears if
it's in D.   It acts and sounds like when you try to start out driving in 3rd gear
with a manual transmission car. Our friend with mechanical experience thinks
it may be the transmission converter. He already changed the transmission
fluid and said
the old fluid was dark. He has several ideas but wondering if anyone has
experienced this and what might work.

Thanks in advance.

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