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IS IT TRANSMISSION PROMBLEM

(1990 Buick Regal)
in Gnadenhutten, OH on June 18, 2009
when i start MY 1989 ITS IDLES HIGH AND SHUTS OFF WHEN I ACCELERATE (NO CAT CONVERTER)
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The transmission doesn't effect idle speed, at idle power is not transmitted to the transmission. Power is only transmitted when the torque converter gets up to a certain rotational speed. It will not effect the idle speed. Your problem is engine or engine control related and needs to be checked out. The car should have a catalytic converter but if it not there it is not causing a restriction in the exhaust system that would prevent the exhaust gasses from exiting the engine, which could cause stalling or inability to idle (in severe cases) or accelerate.
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