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1996 Mercury Sable Transmission slams into gear

I went for a picture taking drive the other day and would stop and put the car into park for some minutes at a time. After one stop, it started "slamming" into gear with the rpms staying up. It was 45 minutes to home, so I stopped and checked the fluid and it was fine and drove it home. I noticed that the rpms stayed at about 2500 all the way home while on the freeway. The gauge goes into the red at 7000 rpm. It seems to hesitate going back down other times when it shifts. It has not slammed itself into gear since then, but I can hear a low "rubbing", "growling?" sound in the lower gears at 10-15 mph sometimes. I have 77,000 miles on it. Everything else seems fine. One person suggested the bands may be slipping, another that a sensor may not be communicating from the transmission to the engine. Any suggestions to what and how I should have checked first? What con I should be aware of? Thank you for your help.

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Check your transmission fluid. You could be alittle low. Check it hot in Park while running.

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My parents' 1994 villager had the same problem. It was a cracked part internal to the transmission - i.e. an overhaul at a cost of about $3000 Canadian. Of course, try the obvious / easy fixes first such as checking the fluid level and all sensors, shift linkage, etc.

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I would suggest changing the fluid and filter andhaving the bands adjusted.

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