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Speedometer, odometer and cruise control not working in '97 Taurus Duratec

Just changed engines and speedometer, odometer and cruise control not working, Also Service Engine Soon light is on continuously and O/D Off message is flashing often. Shifting speed very erratic. Very high rpm on drive on highway. Must change to 2nd gear and then shift back to Drive. Suggestions?

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Computer probly needs to be flashed or reprogrammd to sync w new motor---some independent shops have the factory gear to do this-dealers only go back like 5yrs

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