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Automatic saturn wont shift up to fifth gear anymore

My saturn sl1 1999 automatic has five gears but wont go into fifth or "overdrive" anymore it used to but wont ever since a fluid flush and fill, shifts great in every other way, it would stay in fourth on cold winter days for a few minutes until the engine got warm but i understand that is rather normal in temps below 0 degrees, it appears that there is more than enough fluid in the transmission, checked it hot and cold, maybe a little too much fluid according to the dip stick, but it is close to the same level as before the fluid change.

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