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What issues are you having? Is it jerking while making tight turns (typically u turns)? If so, your clutches for your all wheel drive are bad or your duty pressure solenoid located in the valve body is bad. This can happen if something hits the transmission pan and hits the solenoid.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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This problem is usually caused when the transfer solenoid/valve assembly goes bad, it's located in the transmission extension housing & needs to be replaced. it can be done without removing the transmission.

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I would check the transfer case. The transmission is shifting manually thru the gears okay. The transfer case 4x4 module is not communicating to release the case so the vehicle will move.
Make sure all the fluid levels are full.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009

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Can't gaurantee it but the catalytic converter would be 1 thing to check. Had the same problem on a mondeo 3500rpm max and gutless as, I found the cat had fallen to bits and blocked the exhuast pipe loads of back pressure etc. hope this helps.

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This transmission has a 4 wheel drive unit on the back of the trans this has a known fault which this unit could have, take to your local trans specialist and he will be able to verify and qoute, You also could check the fuse for the 4 wheel drive. normally in the fuse box under the bonnet marked 4wd or awd, this also would cause your fault.

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Did you know that there is a fuse under hood on Passenger side that I have seen people put the fuse in the missing spot. Problem is it is only for towing the car. Remove if fuse is present and see if it fixes your problem.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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Did you know that there is a fuse under hood on Passenger side that I have seen people put the fuse in the missing spot. Problem is it is only for towing the car. Remove if fuse is present and see if it fixes your problem.

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This problem is usually caused when the transfer solenoid/valve assembly goes bad, it's located in the transmission extension housing & needs to be replaced. it can be done without removing the transmission.

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