Possible problem with transmission


#1

today my car started “grunting” and it appears that it is coming from the transmission stick (the shifter?!). it happened while stuck in traffic and then when i was moving about 30m/h. firts time i heard it i tapped the shifter and it went away (or so i think); second time, doing about 30m/h, i had to press the stop pedal at that time and -maybe coincidentally- it went away. other info to consider:

-this is the first time that my car makes this sound

-this morning when i went from Reverse to drive the car had kind of a delay reaction and i was able to “hear the gear engaging”.

-i have an automatic transmission (L,2,D,n,P); shifter doesnt have any problem going from one gear to another one.

-there is no engine light (or any other light)

-the sound happened when stopped and when moving.

-i have not changed the transmission fluid in a while (maybe never)

any ideas?

thank you


#2

oh and this is a toyota solara 2001 with 80k miles