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Dear Car Talk,

I have a 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD. I love the car even though I am a college aged male and it is mostly driven by soccer moms. I am ecountering an issue with the transmission lurching, usually between 2nd and 3rd gear. While accelerating, the RPMs increase normally and when it tries to shift, it disengages 2nd, waits and the RPMs shoot up another 500-1000 before shifting into 3rd, giving the entire car a big lurch. It doesn’t happen every time, but mostly when the when car hasn’t been running for long. Another aspect is that the engine seems slightly underpowered when this occurs. The car runs great the rest of the time. Any ideas?

This car is under warranty, yes? Take it to your Volvo dealer.

If there is a transmission dipstick, check the level of the trans fluid as per instructions on the dipstick or in the owner’s manual.