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1997 Ford Contour GL wont go in drive.

I just picked up a 1997 Ford Contour GL. The transmission has been rebuilt. Now it wont go in drive or shift into overdrive. It will shift when it is in 2nd. I checked all the wires and nothing is unhooked there are no codes. What could the problem be? What can I do to fix it?

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  • tazman052186 Apr 19, 2009

    The person I got the car off of did it themselfs. There was no shop involed with the rebuild.

  • tazman052186 Apr 19, 2009

    Could I go to the junkyard and get one out of there and put it he car?

  • tazman052186 Apr 19, 2009

    I live in Indiana. If I can get a transmission on of the junkyard I should be fine?

  • tazman052186 Apr 19, 2009

    Yeah I cant afford a brand new transmission for them guys. I plan putting the transmission in by myself becaue I how to do that stuff.

  • tazman052186 Apr 19, 2009

    But wouldnt that put out a code. Because I hd it checked for codes and there where none.

  • tazman052186 Apr 19, 2009

    but wouldnt that make it als not shift when it is in 2nd.

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What ever you do,do not take it to aamco they are scam artist,they will tear the trans. apart and then they will tell you it is 2000.00 or more to fix it.and they can finance it depending on your credit and then if you cant pay they keep it charge you storage fees and then the car belongs to them unless you can come up with ththe over priced money they want to charge you to do" something" who knows what dont get taken cause that is what will happen and of course they give you a warranty hell you wikll way over pay.

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Internal Mechanical issue! Take back to the shop that rebuilt it.
By chance did you get a warrenty???

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  • You are going to have to take it to a shop! Aamco I think does a free diagnostic. But it really sounds like an internal issue. What state are you in? I am familiar with maryland and texas shops...
    Honestly you are going to have to have it rebuilt. Sorry


  • Try the diagnostic first... See what they charge to fix it first. THEN call the junkyards... Normally they only give 90 day warranty.
    Then call and get a few prices to put one in... You are looking at about 7-10 hours to put it in!
    AAmco MAY be your cheapest route... and they warranty work they do!

    But it is your choice... I would let Aamco check it over... then get a price quote with an expiration date! THEN do the research so you have time to save for the service!


  • I really dont recommend the Junkyard. You can try Jasper or LKQ, they have online sites.

    Junkyards just offer very little to NO warranty!


  • Ok - the a Junkyard will be cheaper... BUT still have Aamco check it! It may be the speed sensor which is a CHEAP Fix!
    Without having the car here... I cant look at it and tell you but they could, and with the current economy - even if they charge $50 to check it out... It could save you hundreds!


  • It should... but I have seen where it didn't !

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