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trans loading in drive and reverse

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Weird issue with my trans that seems to be getting worse. In any forward gear and reverse it loads against the brakes, sometimes enough to stall the van in reverse. Seems to only do this after it's warmed up. I check the FIPL 0.992v closed and 4.1v WOT. It's almost as if the TC is trying to lockup or something. Also when I let go of the brake and start to accelerate it will "drop out" for a moment then go, like a looong gear change. Sometimes it will do the hard shifting thing as well. Is there some other sensor I need to be looking at? I did a search and came up empty handed, although the tach sensor seemed to be of interest. Can't afford to just throw money at it.
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It probably is the torque converter clutch drifting on. Some common causes are low trans fluid, loose internal filter, worn seals, or a worn pump.
I think that's a good thing to try. Get all the fluid changed, use this:

It says Powerstroke and 4R100, but it works just fine on an E4OD.
I don't know anything about shift improvers. I NEVER put additives in my transmission.
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