RPM doesn't drop as I accelerate

Tiny
TAYMAN2037
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • FWD
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While driving, the RPM reading won't drop as I accelerate. I know that generally while accelerating the engine is supposed to get louder gradually, along with the RPM rising, before the sound dies down and the RPM drops. However, the RPM does not drop while I drive. If I accelerate to 30 MPH, I am RPMing about 2000. I know I am not supposed to RPM this high at 30 MPH. If I let go of the accelerator, the RPM will drop all the way to 1000, but if I accelerate again while still going 30 MPH, the RPM jumps all the way back to 2000. This problem has been on and off; some days the car will not RPM down while I accelerate, other days it works fine. I can usually tell what the car is going to do when I changed gears after starting the car; it usually won't RPM down if the engine "lurches" after I shift into drive or park and then let off the brake. Help is appreciated, thanks!
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 AT 12:48 AM

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Tiny
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Sounds like the transmission is slipping.
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Monday, July 4th, 2011 AT 5:00 PM

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