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Won't shift into forward gears

I recently had to park my 1997 T-Bird to repair a cracked intake manifold. I had it parked for a couple of months till I could make the repairs. When I finally made the repairs, I tried to drive the car but now, all of a sudden the transmission doesn't want to shift into forward gears yet reverse works just fine (I never had ANY transmission problems before). I checked the fluid level and the level did't show on the dipstick so I started adding fluid a quart at a time unill the dipstick showed full (it ended up taking 5 quarts!!). NOW, it still won't go into foward gears and reverse works fine like it did before. What could be the problem??

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Rechange the transmition oil its posible to work as normal

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