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2002 escape transmission hunts for o/d at 50 or so

While driving at cruising speed the trans will not go into O/D without lifting of the gas, and once you are in o/d it will downshift the instant you press the gas for more speed.

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Are there any codes. it sounds like a transnission problem. sounds like your pressure control shift solenoid is bad and or your over drive shift solenoid is stuck open or closed

Posted on Nov 26, 2012

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: escape will not go above 60mph and will not downshift w/gas pedal

It could very well be a restriction in the exhaust like a stopped up cat converter. I doubt if it is a torque converter,that may make it slow to get to speed but shouldn't effect hwy speeds.
You can check this vehicle for an exhaust restriction very easy by going to the DPFE sensor and measuring exhaust back pressure with a vacuum/pressure gage. It will be either silver or black in color will have 2 rubber hoses hooked to it going down to metal tubes that hook into the exhaust.It will have a 3 wire connector with the color of the wires being BN/WH,BN/LG,OG. Disconnect one of the rubber hoses from the sensor and hook the vacuum/pressure gage into the hose.You should have less than 1 psi at idle,then press accel to wide open throttle and take a reading,it should be no higher than 3-4 psi. Anything more is an exhaust restriction.

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

SOURCE: cruise control won't work

Does the on light in the dash come on? If not, you may have a broken switch in the steering wheel which is a fairly cheap repair. Otherwise, the controls work through the Printed Circuit Board in your dash (your instrument cluster) and the problem could be as simple as a solder defect or faulty component. The problem is that no Ford Service Technician that I know will touch this and tell you that you need to replace it.

The instrument cluster is very easy to replace but may cost you a few more dollars than you want to spend. I would have someone with an electrical background check the cruise control switches in your steering wheel with a multimeter before going any further with this. Also check the wiring for resistance leading from the switch to the cluster.

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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SOURCE: aerostar transmission

The aerostar tranny cooler sits too low away from the trans and tends to become blocked and restrict the flow to the tranny It could not hurt to remove it and flush the cooler out I have had a few aerostars and I have had to flush them all,the tranny fluid came out very dark and smelled very burnt it may not solve your issue but maybe. It has solved a shifting issue for me the 1-2 is smooth as silk now.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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Its the transmission control model. it is malfunctioning and it will need to be replaced.

This module initiates the shifting signal that is then carried out by the shift solenoids in the transmission case. replacing the module will fix the issue.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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SOURCE: cruise control will not engage

pull the plastic cover off the top of the engine and check where the cable from the cruise control connects by the throttle body. There is a plastic connector that might be broken. i had the same problem and a piece of tape fixed it for me but you can replace the part if your picky.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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How to replace 1997 jeep wangler vehicle speed sensor

so you have a DTC error (my other shoe drops?)
why not put US in context. what's up doc?
i can just say , unscrew it and take it out. but is that not obvious?
2wd or 4wd
transmissions used. (usa)
32RH trans A/T
AW4 trans? a/t?
or ax15, m/t and down this list.?
what is failing, ?
we can start there, or do a easter egg hunt.
speedo dead.
cruise dead
A/T box shifting oddly?
scan tool shows DTC errors ???? (it will if it this is bad)
The VSS sensor for speed veh, is at the tail of the transmission.
it measures tail shaft , main drive shaft speed, to do vehicle speeds.
there are many speed sensor on cars. some are used as a backup
when one fails.
tell more get more.

Feb 19, 2015 | 1997 Jeep Wrangler

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I have a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 with an automatic transmission the transmission hunts from first to second when I let off the gas it shifts in the second and drives normal after that but this is what happens...

HOt engine, or cold engine or both???????????????
Gas or Diesel? what engine>? 4 speed A/T right?
first off the CEL only glows for smog fails, many other DTC errors
all important , only show up on a real scan tool. even a $9 tool this old car.
is it the tranny or the engine hunting, that takes, skill to know.
any mech , can tell you ,easy.
does the engine run prefect , get to 180F + temp and hold?
does the enigine hold 800 RPM steady hot idle in park.
then select Drive, foot on brake pedal and still hold this normal idle spee?d. , yes, then good.
this hunting, i cant understand that.
does it upshift to all gears, correctly?
and down shift.?
and does it not hold one gear. at cruise? flat ground.
does it not down shift with fast deep throttle.
does not down shift on hills.
exactly when does it hunt, you doing what?, in drive, im guess.
tell driving conditions, and right foot actions.
steady foot.
flat ground,

my FSM has over 50 A/T symtoms. the A/T is complex.
a driver (mech) will do many tests driving to see what works and what dont.. (both)

BTW2: i never pay any attention to any CEL lamp, I SCAN all cars.
The newer the car , the more DTC's , the key is to NOT MISS THEM.
and win.

Your A/T may be electronically shifted, and if yes, it's got a TCM
(either the TCM box or is part of the PCM )
either why. ,make sure the TCM never sees errors, ever.
there are many inputs to any TCM and all must be correct or the tranny will shift wrong, or go to limphome mode.

what tranny,????
here is the wiki.
Transmissions for the Ram
  • A500/42RH-RE lower geared light duty applications found behind the 3.9 L V6,
  • A518/46RH-RE for more heavy duty applications found behind the 5.2 L and 5.9 L V8 engines.
  • A618/47RH-RE for heavy duty use behind the V10 gasoline and Cummins diesel engines. The 47RH was used in 1994 and 1995 model years, while the 47RE was used from 1996 through 2002.
NV3500 and up are manual trans,
so by wiki I see all 3 are electric, SCAN it now , with a full scan tool.

each tanny ending in "E" is a TCM shifted "E"lectronic shifted trans.
so post what you have, as i can not guess.

my guess is 46RH

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2002 ford escape v6 with trans code p1744 and 741

Unfortunately, the possible issues are numerous. The problem is most likely either your torque converter, or electrical issues with your transmission. Without knowing how the vehicle is acting, if it's drivable, when it trips the codes, etc, it makes it more difficult to accurately diagnose.

Here is what ford says about those codes...

The torque converter clutch may not engage if one or more of the following conditions exist:
- Stuck converter regulator valve
- Stuck solenoid regulator valve
- Stuck bypass clutch control valve
- Stuck pressure failsafe valve
- Pump bore ring groove depth incorrect
- Worn pump shaft or damaged pump shaft seals
- Pump shaft internal sleeve loose (rattles)
- Turbine shaft seals damaged or missing
- Incorrect Torque Converter Clutch (TCC) solenoid
- TCC solenoid mechanically stuck or electrically inoperable
- Damaged internal wiring harness
- Incorrect gear ratio (wrong sprockets)
- Damaged or worn stator support
- Worn torque converter hub bushing
- Torque converter clutch worn or damaged
Use a scan tool to monitor the following PID's:
- TCC = Commanded duty cycle for TCC solenoid
- TCCMACT = Actual slip across the TCC, measured in RPM
- RPM = Actual engine speed
- TSS_SRC = Actual turbine shaft speed
- TCCRAT = Speed/Gear ratio of torque converter/transaxle

Hope this helps.

Feb 16, 2014 | 2002 Ford Escape

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What is the speed sensor problem with these trucks? My 1996 GMC Sierra, sort of bucks when using cruise control and there is a need for the trans to shift, could that be speed censor? Same thing happens...

Check or replace the TPS (Throttle Position Sensor). If you have a speed sensor problem, you would not have speedometer and cruise control.

1-2 shift is delayed and harsh, may not shift into OD: Check TPS for smooth and linear electrical response over the entire range of motion. If not, replace.

Soft shifting, gradual performance degradation: Poor line pressure rise due to leaking boost valve, clogged EPC filter screen, failing EPC solenoid, or worst case: leaky seals throughout the transmission.

When you can dig up some money, have a transmission shop put a line pressure gauge on the pressure test port and go for a drive to verify proper line pressure. Base pressure at idle in P,N,OD should be around 70psi and around 140psi in R. Max line pressure should be at least 190psi at WOT in 1st or 2nd, 225psi is optimum. If base pressure is low, trans or pump is worn out. If max pressure is low, check EPC solenoid. If reverse is slow to engage, and line pressure does not come up to at least 130psi in reverse, replace the boost valve with a Transgo 0.490" or 0.500" boost valve (easy fix in pan).

Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to help you get your transmission running 100% again soon and check the level and condition of your transmission fluid.

Jan 24, 2010 | 1996 GMC Sierra

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I was driving today with my cruise control on. the engine revved up to over 4500rpms and then slowed down to under 2000rpms. the car will drive, but it will not go above 1-15 mph.

is check engine light on, if etac sees trans problem wiil put trans into limp home mode and go into 2nd gear,sometimes when trans cold may work ok,will have to get trans computer scanned to see if input and output speed sensors are ok

Oct 05, 2009 | 2002 Ford Escape

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Cruise control and speedometer qiut working at

possible speed sensor at rear of transmission,does engine rpm sound higher then narmal,and is your trans shifting as it should,if these problems are also present replace the speedometer sensor at rear of trans,$50 to 60 bucks

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Aug 16, 2009 | 2002 Ford Escape

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How to set cruise control

cruise control on your escape will work at 30 mph and up. Press 'on 'button, then press gas pedal 'til u reach desired speed, press 'set acc' and you'll be cruisen. You can also do it this way, press 'on' button, then press and hold 'set/acc' button, car will accelerate, let go of button when u reach desired speed. Putting on brakes will deactivate cruise, u can then press 'RSM' to resume speed.

Oct 21, 2008 | 2002 Ford Escape

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No they don't, the cases look the same but they have part numbers, so the internal parts and how the trans is operated is different. Here are the part numbers. Many of the big parts may interchange.

Tribute Trans # Ford LA4A-EL 4 Spd. Automatic Transaxle

Ford Escape # Ford CD4E 4 Spd. Automatic Transaxle

Jul 23, 2008 | 2002 Ford Escape

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