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Twice in past week, it appears my automatic transmission gears shifted downward or slipped by themselves when I was stopped on an incline.My automatic transmission checked out fine by two repair shops. The problem may be something brushing up against the body of car, a mounting problem. One transmission suggested it could be the engine mounts. I am wondering would it be better to take the car to a body shop or regular independent repair shop.

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Gail Dunn, Owner at Women's Automotive Connection I would suggest you take your car to a reputable mechanical repair shop for a complete diagnosis. They would be able to determine if it is an engine mount or other problem, whereas a body shop might have to send it out (more money) to a similar shop for repair.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at A body shop can not help you with mechanical repairs. If you service your transmission regurlary by checking / changing fluids / filters & the conditions are good then it could be mounts.

Maryann Croce, Owner at Croce’s Transmission Specialists Hi Kjvisser, On your 2003 Focus: If you have a transmission concern, I would suggest taking your vehicle to a transmission shop. With a professional diagnosis they will be able address your concern and determine if it is low on fluid, a repair is needed, if it is an external or internal transmission issue. They will also be able to help if it is a mount issue. Good Luck!

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