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Car Not Accelerating Properly..?

I own a automatic 2002 Mazda Protege with about 167,000 miles on it. The other day I was at a stop light and when I accelerated it felt like the car was taking longer than normal to get into gear. I am scared that it may be a transmission problem. I am a graduate student and can’t afford a new car so I am looking for any answers!!

Assuming that this car has an automatic transmission–have you checked the transmission dipstick in order to determine the level, color, and odor of the fluid?

If you have not yet checked it, this is the first thing to do.
Follow the procedure listed in the Owner’s Manual for checking the trans dipstick.
Then, report back to us–in this same thread–with your findings.

Check your transmission fluid level or ask someone to help you out who is knowledgeable.

Other than that hope your ride take you to graduation.