Not shifting into gear

Tiny
DCTAZ1
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  • 2002 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
When first starting the car in any weather it will not move into forward gears. Reverse works fine but you have to Rev the engine to get first gear to "catch" and it does this frequently until you drive it for at least five miles then it is fine for the remainder of the day.
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Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 AT 8:23 AM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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The first suspect is low fluid level due to a leak. Forcing the car to move by raising engine speed will seriously overheat and destroy the slipping clutch plates. That can turn a minor problem into a very expensive transmission rebuild. Slipping even once like that can do more wear to those clutch packs in a few seconds than normally takes places in over 100,000 of normal driving.
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Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 AT 11:25 AM

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