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2001 escort zx2 auto trans shifts immediately upon standing start

Is the shifting controlled by vacumn or electronic? Is there a throttle pressure adjustment? Ford dealer says it needs a new transmission. But, other than this problem, the trans operates quite well. My experience dates back to cars of the 1970's, so I am at a bit of a loss. If shifting is electronically controlled, then it seems to me the problem could be a sensor or even a computer problem perhaps. Is this a problem that will get progressively worse, or should we just put up with it? Thank you.

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  • peteshaus Mar 09, 2009

    Not always, but often, immediately upon acceleration from a standing start, perhaps in the first 10 feet, the auto trans shifts. Thanks for your assistance.

  • Jeremy Lamb May 11, 2010

    what are all the problems with the tranny

  • heatmanvin May 11, 2010

    the transmisson has a ecm just like the motor i would go to a junk yard find one replace it and go from there i would not let that problem keep going eventually it will cause major problems.. so as soon as you start the car it goes into gear?



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SECTION 307-01: Automatic Transaxle/Transmission 2001 Escape Workshop Manual
DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION Transaxle Description The CD4E automatic transaxle is a four-speed, front wheel drive automatic transaxle with electronic controls for:
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The hydraulic control system of the transaxle has five solenoids that control:
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Solenoid Valve Body Assembly The solenoid valve body assembly contains the transmission fluid temperature sensor (TFT) sensor, as well as five PCM controlled output devices:
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