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Ford Tempo 1993 transmission problem

I have a Ford Tempo 1993, mileage 99,000. Yesterday, I went to drive the car, and I put it in drive as usual, went to pull away and the auto transmission wouldnt shift up the gears; It wouldnt change from first or second on up, so I could only do a speed of about 25 MPH. I found that if I put the car into 2nd gear and pulled away, I could get upto about the same speed, and then shift it into drive that way, that seemed to work! Today though, I've been driving the car around all morning, and I cant make this happen again! That might be good news, but my daughter drives this car, and I dont want her driving it, only for the same thing to happen again. Any suggestions what this might be, or might have been? Is the original problem likely to occur again? Any help would be appreciated. .

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I want you to check something. there is 2 cables on the throttle body. 1 cable is to the gas pedal and the other is your a kick down cable . the kick down down in the front of the transmission if you look under the battery it does in the front of the transmission there. see if the kick down moves easy if you open the throttle body by hand. the problem with those transmission is it relis on the cable the shift the gears up . if you steped on the gas pedal that cable is to pull levers inside to up shift. there is not shift solenoids in those transmission. see many in my shop

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  • Peter Colwell
    Peter Colwell Dec 05, 2012

    Unfortunately I'm not physically able to check the cables etc that you mention, but the suggestions sound promising. Would a repair shop look at that forr.

  • Peter Colwell
    Peter Colwell Dec 05, 2012

    Sorry, I messed up the reply, is this something a repair shop would look at for me? I dont want a replacement tranny suggestion if its something simple. loke I said, I cant make the car do it today no matter how I try.

  • teds repairs
    teds repairs Dec 05, 2012

    if the repair shop knows about transmissions and that type. I see everything come in my shop.,and it is a easy fix . the last one I did I do not remove the transmission

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    teds repairs Dec 05, 2012

    this is the link to my garage I am on facebook

  • Cerise Karpinski
    Cerise Karpinski Dec 24, 2013

    1993 Ford Tempo~Put into reverse Won't go backwards.Put in drive & won't go forward.No tranny problems, no slipping no hard shifting,no noises, no trans fluid leaks,no grinding of gears. Tran fluid full. I have had a couple cars before with bad transmissions &have always had warning signs. Before this happened my check engine light came on for about a month & when I drove my car for about a half hour it seems that it would shake. Any Ideas? Please answer ASAP. I am a girl & am hoping it is not the tranny



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Here is some possible reasons why your transmission is having those problems .

* The gear shift linkage is binding
* There is an internal problem in the transmission
* The throttle cable is broken or disconnected
* The vacuum modulator on the transmission is faulty or the vacuum line is damaged
* The electronic transmission control circuit may be faulty

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Several things could be causing your problem:

  1. Auto transmission fluid is low
  2. Auto transmission fluid needs changing; this is an area that gets neglected by a lot of people;check the fluid and if its brown or gives off a burning smell, it needs changing. Very old transmission fluid will cause slipping in the transmission; if this is the case, it should be changed along with the filter
Hope you find that this answers your question. Best of luck.

p.s. If you have the fluid changed, make sure it's done from the tranmission pan, not through the filler tube; siphoning through the filler tube can be hazardous to the transmission, especially cars with a lot of miles

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