thanks for the help guys, when i first got the car last year it was a shell and i dropped the motor and trans in there when i was still living with my folks at there house. now i rent a town house and i'm not really allowed to work on it. i'll try the technique of spinning the tire and seeing how many times the driveshaft spins in one rotation.
i feel the trans shift but im not sure how many times, i know it shifts once but i can't feel the second time. the rpm on the highways definitely sucks