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Why is the car sluggish shifting through the first 3 gears.

(1990 Mercury Sable)
in Mesa, AZ on February 25, 2012
If I try to excellerate too fast I hear a short squeal. Once I get to third gear the car is fine.
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of Fairway Auto Repair on February 27, 2012
The squeel may be a belt slipping.

I would need to drive the vehicle to determine what sluggish shifting means.
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