I have 1999 Ford Taurus with 78000 miles. This is a intermittent problem that only happens when the trans is at normal operating temp (hot). Start to take off from a traffic light will get to 3 to 5 mph & it feels like it kicks out of gear for a nano second & then slams into gear. It may do it once & then not for a couple of days or again at the next light. Now Saturday it popped out of gear the the engine revved & didn't go into gear until I let off the gas. The fluid has been changed & it is not burnt. Any ideas?
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if the shifter wont move with brake pedal pushed ck , shift interlock,brake pedal switch,and key interlock. if the shifter moves and trans does nothing ck cable underhood at trans for operation if working yes you have trans problem . ck fluid to see level or if burnt fluid will smell real bad if low trans wont work right.and a trans can fail with out setting any engine or trans codes.so ck engine light wont come on. there is some times a release by the shifter a small cover you pull off and stick a key or small screw driver in slot and shifter will move.
getting a rebuilt trans would be your only option really i had the same problum with my 2000 the replaced the torque converter the rear main seal and the o ring and it still dose the same thing the is no other ortion then getting it rebuilt or a new one but rebuilt is just as good and cheaper.
first check drive axels , since you replaced front springs on struts i assume. it is possible that one of the axels popped out. next if thats ok check fluid level in trans with eng OFF should show over full make a srcribe mark on the stick. then START the eng it should go down to full or just below depends if trans is full or a little low . if level does not drop approx.1/2 in or so then have a transmission shop check for bad splines in torque convertor, that is a comon problem in that car, year and milage do not play a roll a large roll in parts failure in trans any more. not like it use-to.