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My 99 cougar will not go in any forward gears but will in reverse

My 99 mercury cougar will only go in reverse, when i put it in any other forward gears it will try to move but won't! can any body tell me whats wrong with it is it the transmission?

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I actually had a very similar problem and it probably isn't your transmission. On the way to cedar point the same exact thing happened to me and i broke down on the side of the highway. I also thought it was the transmission but it was actually the front drive shaft that had seized up. Hope this helps, good luck.

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Yes your forward lutches are goin out , time for a rebiuld or new tranny

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