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Transmission i got a 1999 Mercury sable and when i shift it in gear the car dont move can u tell me the problem

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  • stuntman8218 Jan 24, 2009

    the fluid is full its real black and so is the oil

  • 240cpa May 11, 2010

    Check for low level of trans fluid. If low, refill carefully so you won't end up with too much. Start with maybe 1/2 quart and then recheck. Could be a solenoid going out.

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It would appear that the transmission is worn out! The transmission fluid is supposed to be red in color with no bad odor about it. When it turns brown & has a burnt smell to it -it means the fluid was low at some point and it got real hot (with an fluid & filter change it could be saved).
When it turns black it means that the fluid now is usually past the saving point as is contaminated with lots of metal filings in it. If you change the fluid & the filter at this point you've got a 50 /50 shot at maybe getting it functioning again -at least for a short while.
I personally would try the fluid & filter change if just to get it running again (although it may have some issues) although the real answer is to start looking for a new vehicle (due to it's age) or have the transmission rebuilt if the car has no other major problems and you think it would be worth it! BTW a rebuilt transmission goes for about $1200 which is probably more than the car is worth.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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