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1996 mercury cougar xr7 shifting problems

Yea it shifts into all of the gears fine. We jacked the back end up to see what its doing and when in reverse it drives forward then it stops and stays for a while and when we give it gas it sits there not spinning and then it will spin again after a while then stop as if it its trying to go into reverse. When put into neutral, drive, first, and second it drives forward at about 3-5mph. Also someone told me it could be caused by the overdrive keeping the car stuck driving forward and the overdrive doesn't work properly so we took the cover off the shifter and the wires weren't connected completely so i fixed that and thats when it went from driving constantly forward in reverse to stopping and going as i described above.

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Something wrong with the Overdrive.Is it a sensor or a control module.Sounds like it might sounds like it gos worse after you hooked it up.Did you just buy the car?

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How to adjust transmission cable to shift right


Turn the ignition key in a clockwise direction until it reaches its first position, meaning the position the key occupies before it begins to crank the engine if turned further, then move the transmission's shift knob to the "D" position. Turning the key to this position is necessary to unlock the transmission's shift knob. The engine need not be started to adjust the transmission's cable.

Jack up the vehicle with a shop jack, then lower the car onto safety stands to increase the workspace underneath the transmission.

Loosen, but do not remove, the single nut which attaches the end of the transmission's shift cable to the driver's side of the transmission with a wrench.

Position the shift lever on the side of the transmission, where the end of the shift cable attaches to, to the "drive" setting by first rotating the lever in a clockwise direction until the lever stops. Slowly rotate the lever in a counterclockwise direction. As the lever is rotated, it will click. The first time the lever clicks, the transmission is in second gear. The second time the lever clicks, the transmission is in the "drive" position.

Tighten the single nut which attaches the end of the transmission's shift cable to the transmission's shift lever to between 10- and 20 foot-pounds of torque with a torque wrench.

Lift the vehicle with the jack and remove the stands, then lower the vehicle to the ground.

I hope this helps.

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1996 mercury cougar xr7 shifting problems

the wires for the sensor module where they cut or the plug disconnected?your talking about the module that is mounted on top of the transmission by the gear changer

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1996 mercury cougar xr7 shifting problems

i would need more info but it sounds like your trans shifter cable is out of adjustment ; you need to carefully with the brake on and the car idling; move your trans shifter cable to all positions to check for forward and reverse.
Make sure car is chalked or raised of the ground ,

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1996 mercury cougar xr7 shifting problems

Does it go into park? The linkage might be sliping on the tranny

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